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Kiltartan church this morning

Kiltartan church this morning

Kiltartan church this morning

Rising flood levels in south Galway continue to threaten farms and homes as thousands of acres remain underwater.

While many roads remain closed and impassable around south Galway desperate locals in Kiltartan, Gort last night (Wed) decided to evacuate the local church which has twice been severely damaged by flooding.

Local man John Melvin, whose elderly mother was forced to abandon the family home in 2016, said the situation is going to get worse.

“There is heavy rain forecast for Friday night and as it is the water system literally cannot cope with another drop. “We’re living with this for years and by now you would think something could have been done.

“We have been promised a lot and given nothing. We are going to have to clear out the church tonight.

"The flood seems to have slowed but it’s still creeping closer. It’s getting a chance to clear before the next fall of rain arrives.

"If the water levels rise another foot we’re back to a situation like 2015 and the flooding then did life-changing harm on many in this community.”

On Tuesday night a rescue crew from Gort Fire Brigade launched an emergency rescue after a motorist drove through floodwaters in Raheen and became stranded..

Meanwhile, efforts continue to stem rising floodwaters from reaching a number of homes in the Springfield area of Clonlara, located adjacent to the River Shannon in south east Clare.

On Wednesday the ESB announced that the levels of water released through the Parteen Weir has risen to 400 cubic metres per second, up from 370 on Tuesday.

These levels are now considered very high and threaten to overwhelm any efforts to keep rising river waters from entering homes.

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