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Flood risk maps on display

DRAFT maps produced by the OPW to identify and prioritise the most feasible solutions to managing Ireland’s flood risk will remain on public display at Áras Contae an Chláir, in Ennis until Wednesday, December 23. The maps, which form part of the Flood Risk Assessment and Management (CFRAM) Programme, have been drafted following surveying and modelling of 6,700 km of watercourse throughout Ireland. The areas featured are typically communities, large and small, where flood risk is concentrated. The majority of the areas are at risk from fluvial (river) and tidal sources. The main flood maps being published under the statutory public consultation are available to view at Áras Contae an Chláir and on the individual CFRAM project websites, accessible via www.cfram.ie. Members of the public wishing to make a comment or observation to the OPW on the flood maps may do so before the deadline of close of business on December 23. People whose land and property is shown to be within one of the three …

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Lough Derg level dropping slightly

THE ESB has confirmed that the water level in Lough Derg dropped slightly in last 24 hours and the flow through Parteen Weir will reduce from 440 to 405 cubic metres per second later today (Wednesday). It is expected to remain at this level of discharge for the next few days. This depends on the actual rainfall and the situation will be reviewed again tomorrow (Thursday). This level of water flow continues to have associated flooding to land and property in the vicinity of the Shannon downstream of Parteen Weir, including the areas of Springfield, Montpelier, Castleconnell, Mountshannon (Annacotty) and the University of Limerick. Note that other areas between Parteen Weir and Limerick may also be vulnerable to flooding due to local issues. ESB is continuing to monitor the situation and is liaising with the relevant county councils.

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Doorus family cut off by floodwater

Four houses were completely cut off at the weekend when flood waters rose rapidly at Doorus in O’Callaghan’s Mills. One of the families affected were Martina and Rory Moloney who have 10-year old twins, Caoimhe and Jack. The family, who were forced to evacuate their home, have been promised temporary accomodation in O’Callaghan’s Mills by Clare County Council. Out pictures how the Swift Water Flood Response Team from Clare Civil Defence moving the family and some of their possessions out by boat on Tuesday afternoon. For an extensive interview with Mrs Moloney see page 17 of this week’s Clare Champion. [doptg id=”88″]      

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Water flow at Parteen Weir unchanged

The ESB has confirmed that  the flow of water down the River Shannon through Parteen Weir will remain at 375 cubic metres per second today (Thursday). The levels in Lough Derg are monitored on a daily basis and ESB will advise if that flow is likely to increase. With further rain expected, the level of water flowing down the Shannon may increase over the next number of days. This level of water flow is likely to lead to associated flooding of roads, land and property in the vicinity of the Shannon downstream of Parteen Weir, including the areas of Springfield, Montpellier, Castleconnell, Mountshannon (Annacotty) and the University of Limerick. ESB is continuing to monitor the situation and is liaising with the relevant county councils.

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Army helps in flood defence efforts

The Army is this morning (Wednesday) helping in the flood defence efforts in the Springfield area of Clonlara. This follows a dramatic rise in water levels  on Tuesday evening in the Lower River Shannon south of Parteen Weir, resulting in the encroachment of floodwaters on a small number of properties in Springfield. A number of roads are now impassable in the area including the main road from Mount Catherine (De Courcy) Bridge to Cottage Cross. Several properties have been isolated as a result and the affected homeowners will be assisted with access to and from their properties by Clare Fire and Rescue Service and Clare Civil Defence. Clare County Council will be liaising with the ESB, An Garda Síochána and local property owners throughout today. The council anticipates that water levels will rise further during the day and is monitoring and evaluating the situation on an ongoing basis.

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Red Cross sets up drinking water stations

Three areas along the River Shannon considered at high risk of further flooding this week will have emergency drinking water collection points established by the Irish Red Cross. Limerick, Galway and Westmeath local authorities have been offered auxiliary support by the Red Cross in the event of further flooding in their environs. Head office also secured the support of Tipperary Water for the pre-positioning of bottled water in three towns on the Shannon considered at highest risk of flooding. National director of health and social care, Aiden Lonergan will allocate the consignment and local Red Cross Units will arrange collection and transport. This stock is agreed as an interim, emergency resource especially for isolated homes affected by drinking water loss, infirm householders or those with no transport. Distribution will take place today (Wednesday) and Thursday. Based on meteorological, local authority and HSE MEM briefings, it is understood that due to the timing of flood patterns on the Shannon that Athlone, Portumna and the …

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Water flow increased at Parteen Weir

The ESB has had to steadily increase  the flow of water down the old River Shannon at Parteen Weir, it was confirmed this morning (Tuesday). This is due to the fact that flood waters along the River Shannon are continuing to rise, having reached Parteen. The flows down the old Shannon River downstream of Parteen Weir have been increased to 375 cumecs (metres cubed per second) this morning, from a rate of 315 cumecs yesterday. As the water in Lough Derg continues to rise, an increase in the level of water flowing down the old River Shannon will be required over the next number of days. This increased volume of water is likely to lead to associated flooding of roads, land and  property in the vicinity of the old River Shannon downstream of Parteen Weir including the areas of Springfield, Montpellier, Castleconnell, Mountshannon (Annacotty) and the University of Limerick. ESB is continuing to monitor and manage the situation and is liaising with …

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ESB to release water at Parteen Weir

Limerick City and County Council has been informed by the ESB of plans for further significant releases of water from Parteen Weir. The volume of water planned for release is at a level which is likely to cause flooding of roads and could also potentially affect property in flood-prone locations, according to the council. The areas most at risk of experiencing flooding are Montpelier, Castleconnell and the Mountshannon Road, Lisnagry. The local authority is liaising with householders in these areas that were affected by the 2009 flood and is putting additional measures in place to help alleviate the effects of flooding. At this time, there is no expectation of flooding in Limerick City but the council is monitoring the situation on an ongoing basis. The council is advising property owners in flood-prone locations, and motorists, to exercise vigilance over the coming days. The Council is also calling on property owners and landowners to ensure that drains and gullies on their property …

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