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Wednesday 26 April 2017

Warning as more rain on the way

Richard Hazell, makes his way home through a flood near Cootehall, Co. Roscommon
Photo Brian Farrell
Richard Hazell, makes his way home through a flood near Cootehall, Co. Roscommon Photo Brian Farrell

Mark O'Regan and Ralph Riegel

Heavy rain and gale force winds are expected to bring further flooding to large parts of the country today.

Residents living along the River Shannon are braced for the worst of the flooding as the ESB released massive volumes of water from Parteen weir on the Clare/Limerick border. And the OPW has warned river water levels would rise by about half a metre. Flood warnings are in place in the west and south-west.

Weather warnings issued for the west will remain in place today, with 20-35mm of additional rainfall expected for Connacht, Donegal, Clare and Kerry, and gusts of up to 100kmh expected nationwide.

More than 2,000 sandbags have been distributed by Limerick City and County Council to areas at most risk.

Irish Independent

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