Friday 23 March 2018

More misery on way: there's no calm after crippling storms

Further heavy rain and high winds forecast on top of the weekend's floods

DUBLIN: High seas off the east coast this weekend
DUBLIN: High seas off the east coast this weekend
Residents use a boat to navigate flood waters after a flash flood on the Lee Estate in Limerick City
Michael Dennehy’s home in Ballylongford, Co Kerry. Picture: Domnick Walsh
A dog makes his way home through a flooded street in Limerick city
The Lee estate in Limerick city after the weekend's floods
Michael Dennehy’s home in Ballylongford, Co Kerry
A dog in Limerick city during the weekend floods
Flooding in Galway.

AN ORANGE weather warning remains in effect this morning as a major storm battered the country overnight.

Residents in flood hit cities and towns are now braced as high tide could cause further damage to already water logged areas.

The West coast was the worst hit by the overnight weather, with widespread flooding reported in Cork and Limerick.

This morning’s high tide has already passed, however residents remained concerned that water levels may not have receded enough by tonight to prevent further deluge.

Most areas of the west coast will experience high tide around 8pm this evening.

Hundreds of families still remain homeless after water damage to their homes over the weekend.

Many homes remain without insurance as they lie in areas prone to regular flooding.

Re-decorating and  re-wiring a home can cost thousands of euro.

Met Eireann has said that while the bad weather will continue for much of the day, the worst is probably over for the west coast.

Most of this afternoon’s heavy down pours will be confined to the east coast.

Sixty people living in St Mary's Park and King's Island in Limerick city had to be evacuated from their homes and thousands more in the area were affected.

Three elderly people were taken to hospital but are not in a serious condition.

"It was extraordinary, unprecedented flooding," said Limerick city and county manager Conn Murray.

However, the ESB denied reports that water released by it from Parteen Weir contributed to the river bursting its banks.

"In times of flood such as this, in addition to the waters that go through Ardnacrusha Power station, ESB releases waters at Parteen Weir down the old Shannon route," a spokesperson said.

"As part of managing the current flood on the Shannon, ESB has been releasing water at Parteen Weir since Christmas Day. The amount of water currently being released has not altered since January 29."


Brian O'Reilly, Fiona Ellis and Ralph Riegel

Irish Independent

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