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A heavy river Fergus as seen from the Rowan Tree restaurant and hostel in Ennis. Photograph by John Kelly.
A heavy river Fergus as seen from the Rowan Tree restaurant and hostel in Ennis. Photograph by John Kelly.

Problems with flood defences in Ennis

Concerns have been raised in Ennis regarding the  effectiveness of the flood defences in the town, completed over the past few years,  particularly around Abbey Street car park.

This afternoon, the Fergus rose to very high levels and water appeared to be getting through the newly built walls, which were designed to hold back floods. Council workers are currently examining the situation.

With storm Desmond to continue overnight, further rain and a high tide will only exacerbate the problem.

More on Storm Desmond and how it’s affecting Clare here.

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