Flood defences installed in Limerick

Fintan Walsh

Reporter:

Fintan Walsh

On alert: flooding in Limerick recently
FLOODING defences are being installed in the Limerick city area as a precautionary measure ahead of forecasted high tides and heavy rainfall, which is due over the Christmas period.

FLOODING defences are being installed in the Limerick city area as a precautionary measure ahead of forecasted high tides and heavy rainfall, which is due over the Christmas period.

According to a spokesperson for the Council, standard operating and response procedures are in place in event of floods occurring.

The Council is urging the public to exercise caution in areas close to waterways during the Christmas period.

In a statement, the local authority said that the flood risk is due to a combination of high tides which will occur twice daily between December 24 and December 28 along the Shannon estuary and Limerick city, with possible risk of strong winds and “higher than average” rainfall in the coming days.

The flood risk, as of Tuesday evening, was considered to be low.

The ESB has confirmed its decision to maintain the water discharge rate at Parteen Weir at 335m3 per second, as water levels along the Lower River Shannon continue to drop from their peak on Sunday, December 13.