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Wednesday 16 April 2014

Threat of city flooding remains

Residents use a boat to navigate flood waters on the Lee Estate in Limerick

The threat of further flooding in Limerick will remain until tomorrow, city authorities have warned.

Many people had to be evacuated from their homes after the city's worst flooding in living memory when the River Shannon burst its banks at several locations.

With warnings of fresh gales gusting at up to 100km/h in coastal areas, Met Eireann issued a status orange alert.

Several parts of the country were seriously affected, especially Galway, neighbouring Salthill, Clare and Cork city, but Limerick appeared to have been hit the hardest with a number of roads closed for a time. Stretches of the Shannon were six feet higher than the normal summer-time navigational level, it was claimed.

Elderly residents were among those rescued from their homes by the emergency services which used inflatable and rowing boats in flooded housing estates. Some were taken to St Munchin's Community Centre.

County and city manager Conn Murray said no one in the city could remember flooding on that scale before. Preparations had been made and defences shored up in areas most at risk. But he added: "The volume of water was such that our defences were simply unable to cope."

At one stage yesterday, an estimated 5,500 properties and homes were without power.

Meanwhile the body of a teenager was recovered today from the River Barrow at Milford Bridge, Co.Carlow. A search operation was mounted after reports that he fell into the water. He was named locally as Jonny Byrne, aged 19, who came from the nearby Leighlinbridge area. He was a prominent member of his local hurling club.

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