Houses in Limerick flooded and without power

David Hurley

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David Hurley

College Park Road has been flooded [Pictures: Denis Tierney / Limerick Fire and Rescue]
SEVERAL hundred homes in the Corbally area of Limerick city are without power this morning following flooding last night which saw emergency services deployed including members of the Defence Forces.

SEVERAL hundred homes in the Corbally area of Limerick city are without power this morning following flooding last night which saw emergency services deployed including members of the Defence Forces.

At least eight houses at Richmond Park were damaged by flood waters when the canal broke its banks at around 8.30pm. Ard Scoil Mhuire was also damaged but the extent of the damage is not yet known.

Several units of the Limerick Fire and Rescue Service from the city and Cappamore were deployed along with gardai, council workers and members of the Defence Forces.

A number of roads remain closed and the extent of the damage is currently being assessed.

According to ESB Networks, more than 500 customers in the Corbally area have been without power since early this morning. A spokersperson for the utility says it hopes to have the fault repaired and power restored by lunchtime.

Elsewhere, a decision will be taken later today in relation to the rate of discharge at Parteen Weir.

Yesterday, the ESB increased the rate to 405 cumecs (cubic meters per second) which, combined with heavy rainfall, saw water levels rise by more than three inches.

Met Eireann, meanwhile, says rain across Munster and south Leinster will slowly move northwards as the day progresses.

A yellow rain warning which had been in place yesterday has been lifted.

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