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Council bolster flood defences in Limerick ahead of storm

Limerick Marine Rescue ferry families out of St Mary's Park during the recent bout of bad weather. Picture: Liam Burke/Press 22

Limerick Marine Rescue ferry families out of St Mary's Park during the recent bout of bad weather. Picture: Liam Burke/Press 22

LIMERICK’S joint local authority says its crews are “on standby” to deal with any incidents arising from the expected stormy conditions forecast for the coming weekend.

Outdoor staff and emergency crews are ready to deal with any incidents that may arise from the expected high tides and storm forecast for the next couple of days, the council said this Thursday.

The council is also urging members of the public to “exercise caution” in the vicinity of Shannon River in the city and along the Shannon Estuary at Askeaton, Foynes and Glin.

Local authority staff have been working to strengthen flood defences across the city, with sandbagging taking place at Condell Road and at Verdant Place, while flood barriers have been erected at Howley’s Quay area, O’Callaghan Strand and Clancy Strand.

Elsewhere, Shannon Foynes Port Company has also undertaken some repair works in the Port area at Foynes, which was one of the locations worst affected by coastal flooding in late December.

“The council, acting on the advice received from Met Éireann, has begun bolstering flood defences at a number of flood prone locations along the River Shannon and the Shannon Estuary,” said Paul Crowe, director of service for transportation in the joint local authority.

“We are appealing to land, home and business owners, particularly those in flood prone locations, to exercise increased vigilance concerning the potential for localised flooding. City and county crews will be on standby to deal with any incidents arising from the High Tide and stormy conditions on Friday night and during Saturday.”

Flooding advice is available on www.flooding.ie.

 

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