Fears over more flooding as Storm Brian approaches

Eoghan MacConnell

As Storm Brian approaches from the Atlantic, fears are growing over its potential impact on already wet ground in the midlands.

Offaly Councillor Peter Ormond took a picture of a field at Clonlisk between Dunkerrin and Shinrone south of Birr on the Tipperary border this morning.

"There was cattle in that field yesterday morning," he remarked. "I took that picture at about 7.40am this morning, it's worrying," the Fianna Fail Councillor said.

Offaly County Council staff, he said, worked to prevent flooding in the the Shinrone, Cloughjordan and Brosna areas until after 9pm on Thursday night.

Flooding on the Tipperary/Offaly border. Picture: Peter Ormond
Flooding on the Tipperary/Offaly border. Picture: Peter Ormond

"They had a lorry out and sandbags," said Cllr Ormond. Although no houses flooded, "a few came very near to it in Brosna," said Cllr Ormond. "There was just such a volume of water yesterday between 4pm and 6pm, it was just unbelievable the amount of water," he said.

Cllr Ormond is urging householders to take precautions before the storm hits. "I would encourage people to check their gullies around their houses and make sure there is no leaves in them,"  he advised.

He said sandbags are available form the council where needed and people should ask for them now instead of waiting for the storm's arrival.

Although some of the bridges are clogged with debris and weeds, Cllr Ormond said there were farmers out with machinery trying to clear drains and blockages ahead of the storm's arrival.

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Met Éireann has issued two Status Orange warnings and three Status Yellow warnings as Storm Brian is set to strike later today.

The latest storm will bring potential wind gusts of up to 110kmh to 130kmh from this evening until lunchtime tomorrow.

However, most concern will surround the fact that potentially up to 50mm of rainfall will hit parts of Cork, Tipperary, Waterford and Limerick.

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