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City put on flood alert after high tide fears


AT RISK: Clontarf flooding

AT RISK: Clontarf flooding

AT RISK: Clontarf flooding

DUBLIN is bracing itself for a weekend of high tides and possible flooding, with emergency measures being put in place at danger spots around the city.

There is the risk of flooding from a mixture of high tides , rain and strong winds reaching gale force in places.

Dublin City Council has urged the public to stay away from sea walls over the weekend and specifically "not to go close to them to take photographs".


With exceptionally high tides predicted for 11.30am tomorrow and 12.18pm on Saturday, it says "this is extremely dangerous".

A range of measures are being put in place at vulnerable flooding sites. Sandbags have been left in place in Clontarf since the last high tides, but large capacity pumps are also being installed.

The promenade and car parks at Clontarf and Sandymount will be closed to both motorists and pedestrians and Strand Road and Beach Road in Sandymount may also be closed if waves come over the sea wall.

In the city, the Boardwalk along the City Quays will be closed from this evening until at least Monday.

The River Tolka flood gates are being put in place this evening until after Saturday's high tides. Flood protection measures are planned at Beatty's Avenue in Ballsbridge, with pumping arrangements for Macken Street and Cardiff Lane.

Tomorrow will be wet and windy with heavy rainfall expected, particularly in the west, with the danger of floods.

The unsettled conditions are expected to continue into early next week.