Flooding fears: ESB in Limerick continue to monitor situation

Donal O'Regan

Reporter:

Donal O'Regan

A drone photo of the lower river Shannon taken by Dr William O'Connor on Sunday

A drone photo of the lower river Shannon taken by Dr William O'Connor on Sunday

DISCHARGES at Parteen Weir remained at 200 cumecs (cubic metres per second) over the weekend, the ESB has confirmed.

Homeowners and members of Castleconnell Boat Club have been watching the rising Shannon, and the skies, for the last week amid fears of flooding.

This afternoon, a spokesperson told the Limerick Leader that a discharge ranging between 160 and 200 cumces will be necessary at Parteen Weir over the next five days based on the current weather forecast.

“We are now only slightly above winter median levels on the Shannon. So this has been a reasonably regular winter, and we continue to monitor the situation and liaise with the local authorities,” said the spokesperson.

To put the current flow in context, Dr William O’Connor, of Ecofact Environmental Consultants, said: “This would have been just a normal flow in the river prior to the Shannon scheme.”