Saturday 1 October 2016

Flooding: The latest situation nationwide

Published 05/01/2016 | 02:30

Carrick-on-Shannon: Satellite shots show flooding around rivers. Dark blue shows the river banks, while lighter blue areas show flooded areas.
Carrick-on-Shannon: Satellite shots show flooding around rivers. Dark blue shows the river banks, while lighter blue areas show flooded areas.
Limerick: Satellite shots show flooding around rivers. Dark blue shows the river banks, while lighter blue areas show flooded areas.
Athlone: Satellite shots show flooding around rivers. Dark blue shows the river banks, while lighter blue areas show flooded areas.
Enniscorthy: Satellite shots show flooding around rivers. Dark blue shows the river banks, while lighter blue areas show flooded areas.

Munster - Clare: Water levels are expected to rise, with properties remaining under threat in

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Sandbags are in place in New Quay, while some homes have been evacuated in Dooras and Boston. The council has dealt with more than 300 out-of-hours calls since the middle of December.

Limerick:

470 cubic metres of water a second are being released from Parteen Weir, which will increase the risk of flooding downstream at Springfield, Montpelier, Castleconnell, Mountshannon (Annacotty) and the University of Limerick. Some roads remain closed, and levels are up 5cm since the weekend but are below the peak.

Kerry:

Water levels have stabilised in the last 48 hours and if it remains dry, properties are not expected to be at risk.

Cork:

Water continues to be released from the Inniscarra Dam at a rate of 225 cubic metres per second, and a boil water notice affecting 10,000 people in Midleton South East, Ballynacorra, Cloyne, Aghada, Whitegate, Ballycotton, Churchstown and Trabolgan remains in place. Cork County Council has dealt with 1,683 calls since Christmas Day, and Bandon is on high alert.

Tipperary

No major problems but water levels are high in the north of the county. Flood defences in Clonmel are working as designed, but there are still potential problems in Kilganey.

Waterford

Restrictions are in place on the main route to Cork, the N25, with the road impassable between Killeagh and Castlemartyr. Signed diversions are in place which motorists are urged to follow. Some other local diversions also in place.

Connacht/Ulster

Cavan:

Some 50 roads in the county are underwater and the county faces flooding if heavy rain arrives, as expected, on Wednesday. Some 66 houses are marooned, and rivers are at historically high levels.

Leitrim:

Water levels at Carrick-on-Shannon have risen by 10cm over the weekend. They are expected to peak in the next week and while still rising, they are below the highs experienced in December. Some local road diversions are in place and around 30 homes are at risk of flooding.

Roscommon:

Water levels in the Athlone area have risen by 4cm, and the town is currently 1cm above the 2009 peak level. Levels in Lough Ree are 5cm above the 2009 peak level, and are expected to continue to rise. Flood defences are under pressure in the town around the Jolly Mariner and other areas.

Donegal:

County was most affected during Storm Desmond but minimal damage caused by Storm Frank. Damage to piers, harbours, beaches and parts of the Wild Atlantic Way is being assessed.

Sligo:

Again, more damage caused during Storm Desmond but some roads have flooded. The council is now beginning the clean-up operation.

Mayo:

The River Moy is stabilising but remains at a high level. Minor flood defence schemes due to get underway shortly at Bachelor’s Walk in the town. Water levels in Crossmolina and south Mayo around Cong are being watched.

Galway:

Some 22 homes are flooded, with the worst of the problems most evident in the south of the county. Another 90 homes have access problems, and water levels are “close to peak”. Problems have been exacerbated by turloughs, or seasonal lakes, which are coping with significantly increased volumes of rainfall.

Monaghan:

No major problems reported.

Leinster

Carlow:

Flood defences holding, and yesterday was the first day that the fire brigade did not have to engage in pumping measures to relieve flooding problems. Around 50 homes are impacted and drains are overflowing.

Kilkenny:

Water levels remain high in the county and eight homes have been affected.

Westmeath:

Some 48 families are in temporary accommodation, including 23 from the Bastion Quay apartments in Athlone.

Offaly:

The River Shannon has risen by 4cm between Lough Derg and Banagher and is now 1cm above 2009 peak levels.

Dublin/Kildare:

The ESB is discharging some 40 cubic metres of water per second from the Poulaphouca reservoir . The river is now considered “bank full” with some minor overflows expected, but there are no major concerns.

Longford:

Localised flooding with a small number of houses affected.

Wexford:

Water levels in the Slaney remain high but no major problems reported.

Wicklow:

Some localised flooding but no major problems.

Louth/Meath/Laois

No major problems with flooding have been reported in these counties.

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