THE ESB has confirmed its intention to increase the flow release rate from Parteen Weir, leading to the possibility that certain areas affected by floods in recent weeks could again suffer from rising waters.
The ESB said in a statement, released at 11.30am this St Stephen’s Day morning, that it was planning to increase the rate of flow through Parteen Weir to 370 cubic metres per second due to high levels of rainfall over the past number of days in the Shannon catchment area.
The water levels in Lough Derg have risen, requiring the increase in discharge from Parteen from 335 to 370 cubic metres of water per second.
It said, as a result: “This level of water flow may have associated flooding to land and property in the vicinity of the Shannon downstream of Parteen Weir including the areas of Springfield, Montpelier, Castleconnell, Mountshannon (Annacotty) and the University of Limerick. Note that other areas between Parteen Weir and Limerick may also be vulnerable to flooding due to local issues.”
The recent flooding caused by Storm Desmond, between Sunday December 13 and Wednesday December 16, saw the flow rate increased to 440 cubic metres per second.
The ESB said the situation would be reviewed tomorrow, Sunday December 27, and was continuing to monitor the situation. It is liaising with the relevant county councils.
A statement issued on behalf of the local authorities in Limerick and Clare said that the short term outlook was for further heavy rainfall over the weekend and during the early days of next week.
Met Eireann has also issued a status yellow rainfall warning with further rain expected, with up to a further 15 to 25mm likely, with the heaviest of the rain expected on high ground.