In Pictures: Floods cause havoc in Limerick

David Hurley


David Hurley

A MAJOR cleanup operation is continuing after several roads across Limerick were closed this morning due to severe flooding.

The Condell Road in Limerick city, which was closed just after 7am when the river Shannon burst it’s banks, has since re-opened to traffic.

Flooding was also reported at New Road, Kileely, Longpavement, Saint Mary’s Park and at Corbally Road in the city.

Sittings of Limerick District Court were also disrupted after around six inches of water flooded the Court Services Offices at Merchants Quay. The court sat at the adjacent Circuit Court building instead.

In Foynes, more than two feet of water flooded the main street early this morning after flood defence barriers were breached after 5am. Some businesses and around a dozen houses were affected and some residents - including a 97-year-old woman- had to evacuated.

According to Pat O’Neill, senior engineer with Limerick City and County Council, the flooding was the worst in the village for some time. “It’s as bad as it has been in my memory certainly. We had flooding about 15 years ago but it is certainly as bad,” he told Live 95FM news.

Elsewhere, a number of houses were also damaged by flooding in Askeaton. The N21 at Adare has also re-opened after it too was closed due to flooding after debris blocked the bridge on the Limerick side of the village.

In County kerry, a County Limerick has to be rescued near Ballylongford last night after she got into difficulty around two miles west of the village.

Ballybunion Sea & Cliff Rescue Service and the Shannon based Coast Guard Helicopter - responded with assistance from Ballybunion Coast Guard Unit.

The woman’s car was located semi-submerged in the sea at Clounamon, Asdee at around 8pm while the woman was located safe and well on the shoreline.

She was taken to Kerry General Hospital as a precaution.

Meanwhile, an Orange weather alert for Limerick and surrounding counties, which was issued by Met Eireann last night, remains in place.

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