Storm causes flooding in Hyde Road area of Limerick city

Fintan Walsh

Reporter:

Fintan Walsh

Council workers attempting to ease the flooding on Hyde Road over the weekend
THOUGH Limerick managed to avoid major damage arising from Storm Desmond over the weekend, a number of families on Hyde Road in the city struggled with flooding.

THOUGH Limerick managed to avoid major damage arising from Storm Desmond over the weekend, a number of families on Hyde Road in the city struggled with flooding.

The council’s emergency services quickly responded to calls from residents and combated the flooding in the area, which also included Beechgrove Avenue and Crecora Avenue.

Sinn Féin Cllr Malachy McCreesh, who met with the residents, said that he raised the issue of Hyde Road flooding at a recent council meeting.

“It is hoped that a long term solution to resolve this flooding can be developed in the very near future as it is unacceptable that residents and motorists have endure the hazards associated with this issue.”

According to McCreesh the main Hyde Road remained “impassable” as a result of the flooding over the weekend.

“I attended with my colleague Councillor Maurice Quinlivan to assess the serious flooding on Hyde Road this morning which is causing problems for a number of families who find their access to and from their homes at 45 – 55 Hyde Road blocked by the encroaching water.”

“The Council Emergency Services were contacted with the hope that the water can be pumped before entering the actual homes especially if the rainfall continues.

He added that in spite of cones and signs highlighting the road closure, “some drivers continue to speed through the water causing additional problems for the local residents”.

Gardai said that because of the repeated weather warnings, people were “prepared and ready” for Storm Desmond, and that there were “no calls of distress” over the weekend.

Likewise, Limerick City and County Fire and Emergency Service said it had “no major” calls in relation to weather damage on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

The local authority had issued a weather alert on Friday, warning of the likelihood of localised flooding that night and into Saturday, following from Code Orange Alert for “incessant falls of heavy rain” and a Code Yellow Wind Warning from Met Eireann.

Flooding advice is available on www.flooding.ie. It includes advice on identifying flooding risks, protecting property against flooding, necessary steps to be taken if a property is flooded, and assessing and repairing property damaged by flooding.