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Sandbags at the ready as 999 crews on high flood alert

EMERGENCY plans have been drawn up to cope with spot flooding that may occur with heavy rainfall set to lash the east coast over the next 24 hours.

Dublin city remained on high alert, as torrential rain and strong winds battered much of the country.

Both Dublin and Cork City Councils were on flood standby, with up to 35mms of rain expected to fall between midday today and noon tomorrow.

While the rainfall may be intense and could lead to spot flooding, it is not expected to be anywhere near as bad as the deluge that caused chaos in the city last October.

However, Dublin City Council is taking no chances, and a spokesperson said sandbags will be deployed strategically in flood prone areas, while an emergency management team has been put on standby to cope with any spot flooding.

"Owners of premises that consider themselves at risk of flooding are also advised to make provisions to defend their own premises," a spokesperson said.

Meterologist John Eagleton of Met Eireann said the forecast of between 25mms and 35mms of rainfall is nowhere near the 69mms recorded at Dublin Airport on October 24 last year, which caused mayhem in the capital.

He said: "It's not going to be a nice day, but I don't think there will be any health and safety issues."

However, he added that people should brace themselves for an extremely blustery, rainy and cold day today and tomorrow.

Winds

Temperatures are not expected to rise above 10C anywhere in the country and gale force winds off the east coast will make it feel even colder, he said.

And conditions are not expected to improve much over the next few days as a low pressure system hovering over the UK will bring more windy, cold and showery conditions.

Advice on how people can help protect their properties against flooding is available at www.flooding.ie.

Met Eireann is predicting that tonight, there will be further outbreaks of rain, with some further heavy bursts in eastern coastal counties, where there is a continuing risk of localised flooding.

The rain will turn more showery in other areas, with some clear spells in parts of the west and northwest. Minimum temperatures will be 3C to 6C.

fdillon@herald.ie


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