River Shannon water level high after Heavy rainfall
Recent heavy rainfall has lead to a dramatic rise in water levels on the Shannon with the ESB taking action to increase the flow of water.
Rainfall well above normal levels was recorded in the last seven days, with between twice and three times the normal March weekly rainfall, but even higher in some parts of the mid-west, Met Eireann said.
The ESB, which manages the Shannon water levels, said that while this winter has seen relatively low levels of rainfall in the Shannon catchment, recent rains have led to a rise in water levels on the river.
Water levels on the Shannon, it says, can rise significantly in the days after a prolonged period of heavy rainfall.
It says it is monitoring the situation as the throughput of water at Ardnacrusha has been rising and the ESB's generating station is currently at full capacity.
As further increased flows arrive at Parteen basin in excess of this capacity, ESB is required to increase discharge levels at Parteen Weir by allowing excess water to flow down the original river Shannon.
At the moment, the ESB is releasing an additional 50 cubic metres of water per second through the Parteen Weir, to relieve pressure on the system.
It says this relatively low level of discharge is a typical feature of operation during the winter months and is not associated with any downstream flooding.