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City on high alert for Monster Rain floods

THE capital is on major flood alert as forecasters warn of 'Monster Rain' and gale force winds.

City officials are braced for a repeat of the devastating floods that wreaked havoc throughout Dublin last October.

Met Eireann has warned of torrential rains tomorrow and Thursday - with forecasters predicting up to 35mm in parts of the capital.

Dublin City Council was today carrying out last minute checks on drainage systems with extra staff on standby in the event of widespread flooding.

Officials contacted politicians to put them on high alert with fears of a repeat of the horrendous weather that cost millions of euro worth of damage to homes and businesses.

"The risk of pluvial flooding from thunderstorm activity is possible but it is not possible to predict the time, location or severity of any such thunderstorm activity," councillors were warned.

The council has put an emergency management team in place as high tides, heavy rain, and gale force winds predicted for tomorrow afternoon.

Officials are fearing a repeat of the devastating floods that took the lives of a young garda and a healthcare worker on the night of October 24.

Death

The nation was left shocked following the death of Wicklow Garda Ciaran Jones - swept away by floodwaters while trying to save the lives of others.

And Filipino hospice nurse Celia Ferrer De Jesus was found dead after her basement flat in Crumlin was flooded.

"We're likely to get between 25mm and 35mm of rain, but it could be a lot more. There will be thunderstorms on Tuesday. Wednesday will start off dry and bright but come early afternoon, it will be very windy and wet and this will develop across the country," a Met Eireann spokesperson said.

"Leinster and Munster will be worst affected and there is every possibility of flooding late on Wednesday and into Thursday. Thursday will be very unsettled with more rain and showers. It will really be a poor weather week all told," he added.

A city council spokesperson said that additional staff are being put on standby. "Drainage are visiting and inspecting all river screens to ensure the drainage system can operate to maximum efficiency. Dublin Fire Brigade are on hand."

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