Coastal Donegal at risk of flooding within thirty years

RISING tides will leave hundreds of homes, businesses and critical 
infrastructure in parts of coastal Donegal under risk of flooding by 
2050 according to a new report.
Considerable parts of Big Isle outside Letterkenny, An Grianan Estate 
in Burt, the Moyle Hill area of Newtowncunningham, and north and west 
Donegal are at risk of being below the high tide line in 30 years, 
according to research carried out by Climate Central, a non-profit 
science organisation based in New Jersey, USA.
River Foyle
Long stretches of the River Foyle from St Johnston to Lifford are 
under threat while in the Creeslough and Falcarragh areas large 
parcels of land are projected to be below the tideline in 2050.
Magheraroarty and pockets of Bloody Foreland are at risk as the 
islands of Gola, Tory and Arranmore.
Lands forming much of Letterkenny Golf Club are also at risk while 
large tranches of coastal parts of Carrickfinn, including Donegal 
Airport, are under threat.
Areas around Belcruit, Burtonport, Maghery, Meenacross and Inishfree 
Island are under threat, according to the paper.
Another golf club likely to be affected by further coastal erosion is 
Narin and Portnoo links while Assaranca Waterfall, a popular tourism 
spot outside Ardara, may well be flowing straight into the bay in 
thirty years time. Lands in Dawros Head and either side of Loughros 
More Bay near the Heritage Town are also under threat.
The research, which has been published in the journal Nature 
Communications and in The New York Times, shows that rising seas could 
affect three times more people by 2050 than previously thought.
While there has been much debate about how climate change might affect 
particular areas, the specific nature of this research allows for a 
sobering assessment of exact areas under particular threat.
The authors of  the paper have developed a more accurate way of 
calculating land elevation based on satellite readings, a standard way 
of estimating the impact of sea level rise over large areas, and found 
that the previous numbers were far too optimistic.
Last year, a map developed by Climate Central, an independent 
organisation for leading scientists and journalists, gave a detailed 
insight of what Letterkenny will look like if temperatures rise by two 
degrees and if they rise by four degrees.
Much of the town would be under water with a two per cent rise in 
temperatures including the Neil T Blaney Road and large sections of 
the Port Road.
The findings don’t have to spell the end of those areas as protective 
measures like seawalls and other barriers can be installed but they 
must do it quickly.

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