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Poor weather causes havoc in Limerick city

The scene at Hyde Road this Wednesday afternoon, with motorists battling through flash floods, while shoppers were forced to take taxis and public transport to get home. Picture: Michael  Cowhey

The scene at Hyde Road this Wednesday afternoon, with motorists battling through flash floods, while shoppers were forced to take taxis and public transport to get home. Picture: Michael Cowhey

  • by Fintan Walsh
 

Incessant rainfall caused havoc in Limerick city this Wednesday afternoon with flash flooding, which caused chaos for Christmas shoppers.

Shoppers in the city took to social media sites during the day as the “miserable” weather forced people to take public transport and taxis home.

Flooding at different city locations saw motorists driving through deep waters, as pictures taken by Limerick Leader photographer Michael Cowhey for the print edition show.

Treaty Cabs owner Jude Williams told the Leader that the number of calls increased due to the appalling weather. “There was a significant increase in calls because no one wants to be out in the rain, especially the shoppers. But we are used to these kind of situations,” he said.

Meteorologists confirmed that one inch of rain fell in an hour, which caused flooding in city streets, particularly in the Hyde Road area.

They also stated that winds recorded at Shannon Airport were up to 90kph, and were expected to get higher throughout the night.

“It was like midnight at two o’clock in the day. Everyone had their lights on, but you could not see where you were going. Hyde Road was like a river, it was very scary,” said photographer Michael Cowhey.

For more on the stormy weather that swept through Limerick this week, see the print editions of the newspaper, in shops now.

 

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