Thursday 8 December 2016

New weather warning issued as minister admits stopping floods impossible

Grek Harkin and Niall O'Connor

Published 11/12/2015 | 02:30

Millie Prangnell in Athlone
Millie Prangnell in Athlone
The Hogan family in Clare
John Mason in Clonlara
Catherine Lynch in Sligo

Communities battling flood waters will be placed on another alert later today as a new Atlantic storm could bring another 100mm of rainfall to many parts of the country.

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Met Éireann says it expects to issue another rainfall warning for torrential rain for much of the country tomorrow. And forecaster Pat Clarke said areas already affected by flooding will see the worst of the weather.

"Another weather system from the Atlantic is on its way bringing heavy rainfall," he warned. The rainfall alert could be Orange or even Red if, as another forecaster has warned, up to 100mm of rain falls in the period between tomorrow and Monday.

The warning came as the Coalition yesterday finalised the details of its €5m emergency fund targeted at businesses that do not have flood insurance cover for flood damage.

Defence Minister Simon Coveney pledged emergency payments of up to €5,000 for business owners who have "gone through hell" as a result of Storm Desmond. But he rejected suggestions that the Government's response to the crisis was reactive, saying: "We can't stop the rain and we cannot prevent every flood."

Irish Independent

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