Further fears of flooding in Limerick due to tides

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Flooding in Corbally recently. Picture: Liam Burke/Press 22
HIGH tides and heavy rain forecast over the coming days has raised fears that flooding could again become a major issue in Limerick.

HIGH tides and heavy rain forecast over the coming days has raised fears that flooding could again become a major issue in Limerick.

Limerick City and County Council has this Monday issued a statement urging caution around water due to high tides and heavy rain forecasts.

The Council said it was “urging the public to exercise caution in the vicinity of waterways during the Christmas period due to forecasts of heavy rain and higher than average tides”.

A series of high tides are due twice daily from December 24 to 28 on the Shannon Estuary and up to Limerick city. Met Eireann is also warning of higher than average rainfall for the coming week.

The Council said standard operating and response procedures are in place in the event of localised flooding incidents occurring.

Meanwhile, water levels along the Lower River Shannon at Castleconnell, Montpelier, Mountshannon Road in Lisnagry and in the Limerick city area have dropped 400mm since their peak on Sunday, December 13.

The ESB has confirmed its decision to maintain the spill rate at Parteen Weir at 335 cubic metres per second (cumecs) during Monday. The ESB says it will review the spill rate on Tuesday.