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Dams rolled out in Galway ahead of high tides

Galway city is bracing itself for days of high tides, putting new flood defence measures in place, writes Caroline Crawford.

Aquadams - water-filled dams - were placed along the river from Wolfe Tone Bridge to the Spanish Arch yesterday in the hopes that they can stop flooding in the event that the River Corrib bursts its banks.

Galway City Council said it hoped the new system would reduce overall flood defence costs, including that of any necessary clean-up. Three dams, which have been pumped with thousands of litres of water, have been erected around the Spanish Arch in the city. High tides are due from today.

Irish Independent