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Families evacuated as flood waters threaten more Springfield homes

RESIDENTS in South-East Clare have been evacuated from their homes after rising flood waters cut off access to their dwellings. Two families in Springfield, Clonlara, had to be assisted from their homes on Sunday as the road close to their homes is now impassable. At least ten houses in the Springfield area are at risk of flooding following huge volumes of rainfall in recent weeks and a prediction of between 20 and 25 millimetres of rain on Sunday night. More than 7,000 sandbags and pumping stations have been delivered to houses in the locality as part of a flood management plan being implemented by Clare County Council. Residents are facing a very difficult battle as flood waters have risen by five and a half inches over a 12-hour period from 9am on Sunday. It is estimated that flood waters were rising by half an inch on Sunday night. Speaking to the Clare Champion, resident Geraldine Quinlivan was distraught as she …

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HSE on weather alert standby

All HSE Health Services in the Mid-West Region will be on standby with other agencies, to monitor the progress of the severe weather forecast for Ireland this week. A status YELLOW weather advisory is in place in this area and it is expected both ground and air temperatures will be well below normal. Bernard Gloster, chief officer HSE Mid-West Community Healthcare and chair of the Health Service Mid-West Crisis Management Team for Major Emergencies, said, “The type of weather forecast is always of concern. Motorists, pedestrians and cyclists can experience particular additional risks while travelling. We are asking people to be safe. As a particular additional reques, we are asking people to check on the most vulnerable. The elderly, those living alone, and those compromised by medical or social circumstances can experience severe weather in a much more harmful way than the rest of the community.” For further advice and information please visit www.winterready.ie , listen to media for weather reports and updates and be aware that …

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Weather Alert for Clare

HIGH seas, coupled with high tides, are going to batter the the Clare coast over the next few days, leading to an increased risk of flooding.  There is also a warning for freezing temperatures, snow and ice, leading to dangerous road conditions in the coming days. The weather advisory is for Donegal, Galway, Leitrim, Mayo, Sligo, Clare, Cork, Kerry and Limerick. Met Éireann issued its latest weather warning on Tuesday (today). A status yellow wind warning has been issued for all of Ireland in an update to their previous warning. The current warning was issued at 5.30am on Tuesday and warns of mean winds speeds of 55 to 65 km/h with gusts of 90 to 110km/h. The warning is in effect until 3am on Wednesday.

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council advises schools to close over Hurricane Ophelia

  Clare’s principal emergency response agencies are advising schools to close and members of the public and services providers to avoid any non-urgent travel during Monday due to the Red Alert weather warning in place. The appeal has been issued following a meeting of the Inter Agency Co-ordination group in Ennis on Sunday morning. Clare County Council, An Garda Síochána and the HSE have discussed the necessary plans for responding to the Status Red weather warning.   The response is based on learning from previous adverse weather events. The agencies have expressed particular concern that the public would take every precaution to avoid unnecessary travel and take heed of ongoing updates from Met Éireann and Government agencies.  Hurricane Ophelia is expected to transition to a post tropical storm as it approaches Ireland on Monday bringing severe winds and stormy conditions. Mean wind speeds in excess of 80 km/h and gusts in excess of 130km/h are expected, potentially causing structural damage …

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Driving Alert: heavy rain

While a low level yellow weather warning for Clare has been lifted, gardaí are advising people to drive with care as further heavy rain is forecast later in the day (Monday) and into Tuesday. Clare County Council has stated it will continue to monitor flood prone areas in Clare over the coming months in an effort to reduce the risk to homes and businesses. Several buildings in West and North Clare were hit by up to eight inches of flood water over the weekend following intensive rain on Friday night. Also diversions were in operations at a number of locations due to flash flooding.

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Weather alert for Clare

Clare County Council has issued a road safety alert following Met Éireann’s weather warning of heavy rainfall and the risk of flooding overnight Thursday and up to early Saturday. An Orange Rainfall Alert has been put in place for Clare as well as Connacht, Donegal, Cork, Kerry, Limerick and Tipperary. Met Éireann says widespread, very heavy rain, with some thundery downpours will develop Thursday night and persist through Friday, leading to spot flooding and possibly accumulations of 35 to 50mm, but up to 70mm possibly on hilly ground and on mountains. Clare County Council says motorists should drive with extreme caution and should allow extra time for journeys during the period. When driving in wet conditions drivers are reminded to drive with dipped headlights at all times, allow extra distance between their vehicle and the vehicle in front, allow extra space between their vehicle and vulnerable road users such as cyclists and motorcyclists, and to not attempt driving through flooded …

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Severe weather on the way

Clare County Council has received notification from Met Éireann warning that a severe storm will develop to affect western fringe counties, including Clare, from approximately midday tomorrow, Wednesday until mid-morning on Thursday. Wind gusts of up to 130km/hr are likely to prevail over the period and the storm will also incorporate periods of significant rainfall. “While the entire county will be affected, the most extreme impacts are likely to be along the coastline. The advice is not to venture out or to drive on exposed roads while these conditions prevail,” said a council spokesperson.

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RSA Alert: dense fog hazard

The Road Safety Authority (RSA) is warning road users today (Tuesday) of the dangers posed by dense fog following an Orange Weather Warning from Met Éireann, forecasting widespread fog across the country this evening. Dense fog will develop in many places tonight and will lead to greatly reduced visibilities and poor driving conditions. The fog is likely to clear only slowly during Wednesday. Advising road users Moyagh Murdock, CEO, Road Safety Authority, said,“Heavy fog seriously reduces your visibility and makes driving very dangerous. Our advice is to switch on dipped headlights and fog lamps, reduce your speed and keep a safe distance from the vehicle in front. If the fog closes in, reduce your speed further and take your time getting to your destination. Open your window a little so you can listen out for other road users, particularly at junctions. Vulnerable road users should avoid, cycling or walking in fog unless it is a necessity.” All road users are …

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