AROUND a dozen people are set to spend the night in temporary accommodation following unprecedented flooding in Limerick city.
In the wake of the worst ever flooding in the city members of the Army have been deployed to assist in the relief operation, which is continuing, Gardai will maintain a visible presence in the worst affected areas throughout the night.
Limerick City and County Council, the HSE and An Garda Siochana are co-ordinating the response to the severe flood emergency which occurred early this morning.
Despite flood defence having put in place in recent days, high tides and strong winds saw many parts of the city left under water after the Shannon and abbey rivers burst their banks.
The Kings Island area of the city -Saint Mary’s Park an Lee Estate in particular - was worst affected with around 300 houses affected.
While the emergency services have been assisting those people who wished to vacate their homes the majority of householders have decided to remain in their homes.
According to Limerick City Council, around a dozen people have been provided with emergency accommodation and welfare support. Further emergency accommodation is available, if needed.
In addition to the homes that have been flooded several cars were washed away by the flood waters and there are reports that a number of horses drowned in the Saint Mary’s Park area.
Parts of Corbally, the quays and the Potato Market at Merchants’ Quay were all flooded as was the adjacent courthouse.
Dock Road, Condell Road, Corbally Road, Honan’s Quay and Longpavement were all closed to traffic for most of the day but have since reopened. However, motorists are being warned to exercise caution.
A spokesperson for Limerick City Council said Saint Munchins Community Centre in Killeely has been established as a centre to care for people who have been evacuated from their homes.
“Assisting vulnerable persons in the Island Field/Saint Mary’s Park Area is an on-going priority. We would urge any persons who require assistance to make themselves known to the emergency services who are at the site as soon as possible so that assistance can be provided,” he said adding that around 100 staff will be working through the night.
Water levels in the worst affected areas remain at a very high level and the city will be at risk from further flooding until at least Monday.
The Limerick City Council emergency contact telephone number is (061)417833.
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