Monday 9 December 2019

Dry weather on the way as flooding crisis begins to stabilise

Images captured by Air Corps of the areas affected by recent flooding
Images captured by Air Corps of the areas affected by recent flooding
Brendan McGrath. Photo: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Paul Melia and Kevin Doyle

Roads will remain flooded for "weeks" in some parts of the country despite river levels beginning to stabilise and fall across most counties.

The National Coordination Group said that while the recovery in flood-hit areas was beginning to get underway, there was still a severe risk of flooding along some river catchments including the Shannon.

"There has been further stabilisation but clearly on the Shannon, in south Galway, Clare, Mayo and Carlow our work will continue through the weekend," Brendan McGrath from the Local Government Management Agency said.

"The recovery has most definitely started in some counties."

He said it was too early to assess costs, and pumping and damage assessment would continue for "some time". The eventual bill would run into "multi-millions".


Water would remain on Galway roads for "weeks to come", while infrastructure had suffered "significant damage" in Cork, Waterford, Galway and Mayo.

But dry weather is on the way, Met Eireann said. Heavy showers are forecast for today, spreading from the south to all areas, but dry conditions will follow for the next four or five days.

Some localised flooding was possible, forecaster Joan Blackburn warned, and temperatures would fall which could result in difficult road conditions.

Levels across the River Shannon continue to fall, but there remains a "severe" threat of flooding in parts, particularly around the middle and lower catchments, and on the upper Erne.

While the ESB has stopped releasing water from the Inniscarra dam, it expects to reduce spillage from Parteen Weir over the coming days.

Irish Independent

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