Thursday 23 November 2017

More flooding likely in the aftermath of storm

Winds drive waves over the wall on the coast road in Westport, Co Mayo
Winds drive waves over the wall on the coast road in Westport, Co Mayo

Ciara Treacy

Several rivers are at risk of flooding again in the coming days as more wind and rain batter the country.

Sean Hogan, of the National Coordination Group, which deals with weather emergencies, warned more rain is forecast for tomorrow.

While not as heavy as the weekend, this coupled with ground water and already high river levels will lead to flooding risks.

"The rivers are very close to the edge at the moment, so it's too difficult to call in a lot of cases what's going to happen," he said.

He described flooding in Cork, Kerry, Clare, Galway, Mayo, Sligo and Donegal as terrible "in the run-up to Christmas".

"For some, this is a repeat of previous experiences of flooding, so they know what the pain is," he added.

The River Moy and River Shannon are of particular concern as they remain at critical level.

"One-fifth of the country approximately drains down through the Shannon, so we expect areas of the lower Shannon will be affected later this week," he added. "The last thing we want are reports of tragedies and our thoughts are with the family of the child who was rescued from the sea at Hook Head."

The 14-year-old girl last night remained in a critical condition in hospital after she and three other Dublin Scouts were swept into the sea while walking on rocks near Wexford's Hook Head. Scouting Ireland is supporting the 14 venture scouts and their leaders.

"The young people concerned made courageous efforts to support their friends who were swept into the sea by a freak wave," it said.

Irish Independent

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