‘State of emergency’ is over as storm bypasses Limerick

Anne Sheridan


Anne Sheridan

Good samaritan Paul Quinlivan carries his friend Anthony Ryan from St Mary's Park where the river Shannon burst its banks. Picture Liam Burke/Press 22

‘THE STATE of emergency’ is over, the city authorities have said with relief, as Storm Christine has now passed over the country, causing millions of euro worth of damage.

However, the epic scenes of devastation and destruction wrought by the storm in Co Clare were thankfully not replicated across Limerick city particularly this week, though parts of west Limerick were badly affected.

“The state of emergency has passed and the crisis management team has now stepped down,” said Pat O’Neill, engineer at the travel and transport department of Limerick City and County Council.

He said exceptionally high tides and the storm created “the perfect storm, and the worst case scenario for us, especially with a tidal surge coming up the estuary as well. There is nothing that can stop that.”

He said Foynes and Askeaton were the “areas of main concern”, especially in Foynes where 39 premises, including homes and business premises on the main street, were badly affected by flood damage.

Over 100 personnel were involved in the clean-up. He said it is too early to estimate the financial cost of the damage, which will take a number of weeks to assess, and monetary assistance will be required in meeting these costs.

While the cost in Limerick will not run to millions of euro, he said it will be “considerable” and the main costs will be incurred as a result of deploying crews.

“We just hope we get some bit of respite now and don’t get these severe weather conditions for quite some time now,” he concluded.

In the city, St Mary’s Park, the Condell Road and Corbally were the worst affected areas, but Limerick fire brigade services reported a small number of call-outs to few areas this week.