Sunday 18 February 2018

Winter Storms Timeline

Storm desmond. Photo: PA
Storm desmond. Photo: PA
Soldiers sandbagging. Photo: Pat Moore
Aras Cluaine. Photo: Collins Newsdesk Newsdesk

Week One: Storm Desmond hits the west coast on December 4.

Met Eireann issues an unprecedented five weather alerts including a status red rain warning for Connacht, Clare, Kerry and Donegal, where rainfall of between 70 and 150mm falls.

Another 110mm hits two days later leaving thousands of ESB customers without power and thousands of acres of farmland in the Shannon basin flooded.

14-year-old Dubliner Aoife Winterlich is rescued after being swept out to sea near Wexford's Hook Head. She dies the following week.

The body of former showband singer Ivan Vaughan (70) from Co Tyrone is found in flood water in Glaslough, Co Monaghan. It's believed he was swept away after his car was trapped in flood water.

Limerick, Clare and parts of the Shannon basin brace for more flooding as the ESB releases water from Parteen Weir. Athlone is put on flood alert as thousands of homes and businesses are flooded in the west, including in Foxford, Crossmolina, Ballinasloe, Portumna and Claregalway.

Government announces €5m flood package and emergency funds from Department of Social Protection.

Widespread flooding in Clare, Galway, Westmeath, Leitrim, Limerick, Donegal, Monaghan, Mayo, Cork, Longford, Roscommon and Tipperary.

Army troops are deployed in Donegal, Galway, Westmeath, Limerick and Cork.

Met Eireann issues another warning as Storm Eva approaches from the Atlantic.

Week Two

More rain falls. River Blackwater bursts its banks, flooding Clonlara, Co Clare. River Shannon breaches banks in Athlone.

More than 50 families are evacuated in Shannon, Athlone, Corbally and Carrick-on- Shannon. Snow blankets parts of Donegal, Sligo and Leitrim.

Week Three

Met Eireann issues a gale warning for all coastal areas on December 21 as more heavy rain falls.

Mother and daughter Geraldine (58) and Louise (22) Clancy drown in a field that was flooded by the River Blackwater in north Cork after their car ploughs into flood waters.

Storm Eva arrives on Christmas Eve with alerts issued for Donegal, Galway, Mayo, Sligo, Clare, Cork, Kerry, Leinster, Cavan, Monaghan, Leitrim, Roscommon, Limerick, Tipperary and Waterford.

Some 8,000 ESB customers are left without electricity.

Storm Eva exits with gale-force winds and torrential rain leaving roads nationwide impassable.

Week Four

Shannon basin remains on flood alert as the ESB increases the flow of water from the Parteen Weir on December 27. The Shannon bursts its banks at Castleconnell, Co Limerick.

Status yellow wind warning issued for Donegal, Galway, Mayo, Clare, Cork, Kerry. Flood warnings issued for Westmeath, Clare, Limerick, Galway, Mayo, Kerry and Cork.

Storm Frank arrives on December 29 causing havoc nationwide with more heavy rain and strong winds.

Widespread flooding over the following days in parts of Cork, Kilkenny, Wexford, Waterford and Tipperary and already flood-stricken parts of Athlone and Galway.

Enniscorthy, Co Wexford, suffers its worst flood in 50 years after the River Slaney bursts its banks.

More than 14,000 homes and businesses are left without power, while rail, air, ferry and road travel is seriously curtailed.

Year ends with a yellow wind warning of gusts up to 110kph, blowing the roof off an apartment in Clondalkin, Dublin and leaving 3,000 without power.

Met Eireann warns of no end in sight as more rain and winds are forecast for the coming weeks.

Sunday Independent

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