VIDEO: Army deployed in Limerick following ‘unprecedented’ flooding

Leader report


Leader report

Members of the Defence Forces are being deployed in Limerick as large parts of the city remain under water following the worst flooding the city has ever seen.

High tides combined with strong winds resulted in the river Shannon and Abbey river bursting their banks at several locations early this morning.

Dock Road, Condell Road, Corbally Road, Honan’s Quay and Longpavement have all been closed to traffic. Several other roads have been flooded but remain passable.

The Kings Island area of the city has been worst affected along with the quays in the city centre.

The Potato Market at Merchants’ Quay has been flooded as has the adjacent courthouse. Sarsfield House has been evacuated due to flooding.

Several cars have been badly damaged by the flood waters.

The Defence Forces says it is deploying personnel and trucks to help evacuate some homeowners whose homes have been flooded.

Crews from Limerick city and county councils have been deployed across the city but it may be some time before the flood waters are cleared.

Hundreds of sandbags are being distributed ahead of further high tides this evening.

Earlier, Director of Service, Paul Crowe, told Live 95FM the flooding in Limerick city this morning was “unprecedented” and was the worst ever seen in the city.

In County Limerick, while there were record tides in Foynes this morning, new flood defences were not breached.

The N21 at Adare was closed to traffic due to flooding but has since re-opened.

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