Saturday 10 December 2016

Council puts residents on high alert

Published 11/12/2015 | 02:30

The Defence Forces deliver sandbags on Springfield Road, Clonlara, Co Clare
The Defence Forces deliver sandbags on Springfield Road, Clonlara, Co Clare

Clare County Council has warned residents to be on high alert as a severe flood warning is in place for the whole county in advance of heavy rainfall tomorrow.

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A combination of rainfall of up to 80mm, extremely wet ground, and strong winds, is likely to result in significant flooding in many areas.

Homeowners and businesses have been told to be especially aware that river levels are approaching levels last experienced in November 2009.

The council will operate an emergency helpline throughout tomorrow, so that members of the public can report incidences of blocked roads and flooding in their areas.

Updates will be issued through its website - www.clarecoco.ie.

A spokesman said water levels along the lower River Shannon at Clonlara were continuing to rise, and were expected to peak on Monday and Tuesday.

Council staff, assisted by the Defence Forces, Civil Defence, and the Fire Service, were continuing to implement flood defence measures, he added.

Meanwhile, the ESB has warned that extensive flooding is expected on roads, land, and property, in the vicinity of the Shannon downstream from Parteen Weir. High-risk areas include Springfield, Montpelier, Castleconnell, Mountshannon (Annacotty), and the University of Limerick.

Irish Independent

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