Flood warning as ESB to release water from Parteen

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An aerial view of Parteen Weir during the floods of 2009
A FLOOD warning has been issued for parts of Limerick and southeast Clare, with the ESB set to release water from Parteen Weir.

A FLOOD warning has been issued for parts of Limerick and southeast Clare, with the ESB set to release water from Parteen Weir.

Limerick and Clare’s local authorities have been informed by the ESB of plans for further significant release of waters.

Limerick City and County Council says the volume of water planned for release is at a level which is likely to cause flooding of roads and could also potentially affect property in flood-prone locations.

The areas most at risk of experiencing flooding are Montpelier, Castleconnell and the Mountshannon Road, Lisnagry.

The Council is liaising with householders in these areas that were affected by the 2009 flood and is putting additional measures in place to help alleviate the effects of flooding.

At this time, there is no expectation of flooding in Limerick City but the Council is monitoring the situation on an ongoing basis.

The authority is advising property owners in flood-prone locations, and motorists, to exercise vigilance over the coming days. It is also calling on property owners and landowners to ensure that drains and gullies on their property are kept clear to assist in the run-off of water.

Limerick council’s Severe Weather Crisis Management Team has met and will continue to monitor the situation over the coming days.

The latest warning follows on foot of one released by Clare County Council earlier this Monday.

It said it was in the process of distributing sandbags to property owners in the Springfield area of Clonlara and liaising with people with reduced mobility to ensure they are provided with access to and from their homes in the event of flooding.

Clare County Council said it would continue to monitor the “evolving situation”, in consultation with the ESB, An Garda Síochána and Limerick City and County Council.

Meanwhile, the Clare authority is responding to a request from property owners in the Doorus area of O’Callaghan’s Mills and in Springfield, Clonlara, for emergency accommodation due to rising floodwaters.

A status yellow wind warning, issued by Met Eireann, remains in place across the country. Southeast to south winds will reach mean speeds of 50 to 65 km/h, gusting 85 to 100 km/h, it said. Winds will be strongest in southern and western coastal counties.

More to follow.

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