Water levels dropping on Shannon as ESB to reduce flow from Weir

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A picture of Parteen Weir taken as water levels rose last week. Picture: Eugene Ryan
WATER levels along the Lower River Shannon in Limerick have “nominally decreased” according to Limerick City and County Council, with the ESB also planning to decrease the level of water being released from Parteen Weir this evening.

WATER levels along the Lower River Shannon in Limerick have “nominally decreased” according to Limerick City and County Council, with the ESB also planning to decrease the level of water being released from Parteen Weir this evening.

Limerick’s local authority has said that “water levels along the Lower River Shannon in Limerick have recorded a nominal decrease (less than an inch) overnight and during Wednesday morning”.

“Council staff remain on site in Castleconnell, Montpelier, Mountshannon Road in Lisnagry and in the Limerick City area where they are continuing to assist local property owners,” it said.

Confirmation has been received from the ESB of its decision to decrease discharge levels from the Parteen Weir on the Lower River Shannon from 440 cubic metres per second - or cumecs - to 405 cumecs from 6pm on Wednesday evening. That would equate to a drop of 35,000 litres of water per second.

In Clare, water levels on the Lower River Shannon at Springfield, Clonlara, have recorded a 6 inch drop overnight and during Wednesday morning, Clare County Council confirmed.

The Council remains on alert and will continue to monitor flood levels and weather generally to ensure that the necessary responses can be immediately activated, it added.

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