Saturday 3 December 2016

Families likely to be pumping floodwater away from homes over Christmas

No rise in water levels along the Shannon for the first time in two weeks

Published 15/12/2015 | 14:36

Michael and Patty Macken prepare to abandon their flooded home at Carrick O’Brien by tractor with the help of their son Paul. Photos: Frank Mc Grath
Michael and Patty Macken prepare to abandon their flooded home at Carrick O’Brien by tractor with the help of their son Paul. Photos: Frank Mc Grath

There has been no rise in water levels along the Shannon for the first time in two weeks but families are likely to be still pumping floodwater away from their homes over Christmas.

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A “severe” flood warning remains in place today, but the Office of Public Works said the situation has started to improve.

Emergency workers recover a car in Corbally in Limerick
Emergency workers recover a car in Corbally in Limerick

Jim Casey, the OPW’s Head of Hydrology and Coastal section, said it could be weeks before levels recede to the point where properties will be considered no longer under threat.

“We can’t be specific about how long it will take for water levels to recede,” he said, adding the it could be influenced by further rainfall.

A ‘Status Yellow’ rainfall warning is in place for Cork, Kerry and Waterford today, with Met Eireann predicting heavy showers.

Forecaster Joan Blackburn said the country is entering a “very mild, wet spell”.

“Rainfall is still above average, considerably so in the south and west,” she said.

The Irish Red Cross have received over 100 calls to its helpline since a government scheme offering grants of €5,000 to affected businesses went life.

Liam O’Dwyer, Secretary General of the Irish Red Cross, said 15 formal applications have been for the grant.

Chairman of the National Co-ordination Group, which is overseeing the emergency response, John Barry said: “There is still a lot of work to be done out there in protecting communities.”

Corbally in Limerick is flooded
Corbally in Limerick is flooded

He said that while the situation is improving authorities remain concerned about safety, particularly on farms.

Mr Barry urged people to check up on isolated neighbours.

Aoife McNamara surveying the flooding at Clonlara, Co Clare
Aoife McNamara surveying the flooding at Clonlara, Co Clare
Emergency workers recover a car in Corbally in Limerick
Emergency workers recover a car in Corbally in Limerick

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