West Limerick hit hard by latest floods

Flooding at Coolanoran on the main Rathkeale NewcastleWest road.

Flooding at Coolanoran on the main Rathkeale NewcastleWest road.

  • by Colm Ward

Hundreds of acres of land in West Limerick are under water this week after heavy rains and high tides again led to severe flooding.

Large areas of the county were affected over the weekend, with Adare, Askeaton and Ballysteen among the worst hit outside Limerick city.

The high tides last Saturday morning led to the Quay area of Askeaton being severely flooded – for the second time in a month.

Several homes and businesses in the area sustained water damage, including parts of the West Square that had never before experienced tidal flooding.

“The properties that were flooded included a pub and a number of other premises on Saturday morning and there was also damage done to the electrics at the pumping station of the swimming pool,” said local councillor Kevin Sheahan.

Other areas that were affected over the weekend include Adare where the river Maigue overflowed onto the N21, causing the road to be closed for a time on Saturday morning.

Large parts of the surrounding countryside, including around the entrance to Adare Manor remained under water for several days afterwards.

In Ballysteen, an earthen embankment broke, resulting in 50-60 acres of farmland being flooded by waters from the Shannon estuary, according to local councillor David Naughton.

A special meeting of Limerick County Council has been called for next week to deal with flood damage to roads throughout the county.

Following the flooding of the St Mary’s Park area of Limerick city, a special relief fund has been set up at St Mary’s Flood Relief A/C, St Mary’s Aid, Bank of Ireland, 125 O’Connell St, Limerick. Sort Code 904309, A/C no 83382269, IBAN IE86 BOFI 90430983382269.




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