THE ESB has advised that it is to maintain the flow of water through Parteen Weir at current levels this Monday, with the situation to be further reviewed tomorrow.
The spill rate will stay at 470 cumecs (cubic metres per second), but with the levels in Lough Derg possibly reaching 2009 levels in the coming days, that may increase to 500 cumecs as a result.
“This level of water flow will continue to 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,” said an ESB spokesperson.
“Note that other areas between Parteen Weir and Limerick may also be vulnerable to flooding due to local issues,” added the spokesperson.
The situation will be reviewed again on Tuesday and the ESB said it was “continuing to monitor the situation” and was liaising with the relevant County Councils in Clare and Limerick.
A statement issued by Clare County Council this Monday lunchtime said that water levels on the Lower River Shannon at Springfield, Clonlara have dropped marginally since Saturday night, when they reached the peak levels of November 2009.
Clare County Council Area staff, assisted by Clare County Fire and Rescue Service, the Defence Forces and Clare Civil Defence, are continuing to provide support on the ground in Springfield, as well as assist in the transportation of residents of eight properties isolated by floodwaters. Overnight relief is also being provided to residents in maintaining pumping operations.