#OPHELIA: Limerick flooding alert cancelled as surges subside

The river at Howley's Quay more than an hour before high tide this Monday evening Pictures: Michael Cowhey

The river at Howley's Quay more than an hour before high tide this Monday evening Pictures: Michael Cowhey

THE FLOODING alert has been issued for Limerick after the strong winds of Hurricane Ophelia this Monday has been cancelled as levels subside.

Limerick City and County Council earlier issued the flooding alert for parts of the city as a result of Storm Ophelia, with high tide between 5pm and 5.30pm.

However, in an update this evening, it has rescinded the alert, saying that while the river submerged a section of the boardwalk at Clancy Strand, the levels have been subsiding since high tide.

"Water levels do remain high and flood defences are still in place and Limerick City and County Council is urging people to exercise extreme caution near the rivers and estuary as winds are still very strong and waters are choppy and highly unpredictable," it said.

Flood defences around the city and in Foynes held firm meaning there were no flooding incidents, the authority said. There was some minor localised flooding on a footpath in Askeaton and near Askeaton Swimming Pool but no properties were flooded.

Clancy Strand has re-opened to traffic after it was closed earlier as a precaution.

The National Primary Roads in Limerick have been cleared of fallen trees and debris, while the majority on the regional roads have also been cleared. There is still a significant amount of fallen trees on local roads and trees may continue to fall as long as the winds remain strong and gusty.

Drivers are urged to drive with extreme caution, expect the unexpected, and don’t travel unless it is absolutely necessary.

While it appears the worst of Storm Ophelia has passed, there is still a RED weather alert in force. Winds are still very strong and gusty and rainfall is continuing.

A massive clean-up operation will begin at first light on Tuesday morning across Limerick city and county.