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Springfield residents are hoping that the need to fill sandbags will be eliminated once the new €1.3 million flood protection embankment is constructed. Photograph by John Kelly

Water level constant in Lough Derg

The ESB has advised that the level in Lough Derg has remained constant in the last 24 hours and the flow of water through Parteen Weir will remain at 440 cubic metres per second today (Tuesday).

Although the weather forecast is mixed , ESB expects that the current level of 440 cumecs can be maintained and expect that no further increases in flow will be required over the next couple of days. This will depend on the actual rainfall and the situation will be reviewed again tomorrow.

This level of water flow is likely to continue 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. 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 local authorities.

Meanwhile, the flood response operations in the last 10 days have resulted in a “significant cost” to Clare County Council. It is expected that costs to date will be in excess of €0.9m.

Anne Haugh, director of services said, “The severe weather events experienced since Friday, December 4 have required the full deployment of council personnel to manage the overall situation. Crisis management arrangements have been put in place and utilised as necessary with the full co-operation and support of An Garda Síochána, HSE, the Defence Forces and the Department of Social Protection.

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