Limerick City and County Council says it expects flood waters in the Castleconnell and Montpelier areas will rise by several inches after the ESB confirmed it is to increase the rate of discharge at Parteen Weir.
In a statement, issued at lunchtime, the ESB confirmed its decision to increase the rate of discharge from 375 cumecs (cubic metres per second) to 405 cumecs will be reviewed again tomorrow.
A spokesperson for Limerick City and County Council says the additional discharge together with heavy rain this morning is leading to an increased risk of flooding, particularly in the areas of Montpelier, Castleconnell and the Mountshannon Road (Lisnagry).
The Local Authority says a number of roads have been closed as has the footbridge in Castleconnell.
Meanwhile, the Council is advising members of the public, particularly children, to avoid all flooded areas and to abide by the instructions provided by the Emergency Services and Council staff. The council’s emergency number is 061 417833.
Vincent Murray, senior engineer with Limerick City and County Council, says he’s hopeful the situation will not get any worse.
“At the moment the increase in water discharge from Parteen Weir combined with the rain that has fallen is increasing the flood levels around the Montpelier and Castleconnell areas and down the Mountshannon road so that’s obviously posing an added challenge to our workers and residents trying to keep the flood levels back,” he said.
“We expect the levels to rise several inches but we wouldn’t expect it to affect many more houses but those that were affected in 2009 are vulnerable,” he added.
Separately, there have been reports of localised flooding in other parts of the city and county following this morning’s rainfall and motorists are advised to travel with care.
Gardai and the AA Roadwatch say there have been no major difficulties but that they are continuing to monitor the situation.
While a yellow rain warning remains in place until midnight, Met Eireann says the amount of rainfall in Limerick is likely to ease as the evening progresses.
In County Clare, Clare County Council says the River Blackwater has burst its banks at Mt Catherine, Clonlara. Council crews are being assisted by the Defence Forces in building a defence barrier.
The council says water levels have risen by 150mm along the Lower River Shannon at Springfield, Clonlara, since last night.