Limerick stays on high alert after weather warning

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Deputy Kieran O'Donnell and Cllr John Gilligan survey the flood waters in Saint Mary's Park while two locals try and catch some fish. Picture Liam Burke/Press 22
LIMERICK remains on alert this morning, despite a decrease in poor weather conditions over the weekend.

LIMERICK remains on alert this morning, despite a decrease in poor weather conditions over the weekend.

Met Eireann had put the city on a ‘yellow’ alert yesterday, warning of storms and very blustery conditions, of up to 100km per hour.

But Pat O’Neill, senior engineer for City and County Council played down fears of the same conditions which hit Limerick last week.

Crews are on standby, he said, and although they are expecting high tides and strong winds today, it is not expected to be as severe.

“We don’t expect to have the same tidal surge as we did late last week. The rain will pass. We had a break today, where rivers had fallen a bit. We have stocked up on sandbags, and other defence mechanisms, for flooding,” he said.

The local authority is also advising home, business and land owners, particularly those in low lying coastal areas and other flood prone locations, to take precautionary steps in light of the risk of further flooding.

In Limerick city, houses in St Mary’s Park suffered the worst of the flooding while in the county, Foynes was again badly hit.

While most roads are now passable, motorists are advised to avoid the St. Mary’s Park, Corbally, Clancy Strand and Condell Road areas where possible. Where roads are passable motorists should drive with care in particular heavy goods vehicles.

Eircom revealed that fault levels in Limerick city and county remain high as a result of the continued adverse weather conditions. There are currently over 300 customers without service, and this number could rise as the volume of reported faults continues to increase due to the unprecedented level of sustained severe weather during the past three weeks.

Customers should contact 1901 to log and problems they may be getting with the service.