Flood waters continuing to rise after heavy rain

Flood waters continuing to rise after heavy rain

Flood waters are continuing to rise in many areas around the country, following another night of heavy rainfall.

The Minister for Defence Simon Coveney has promised a significant increase in the numbers of Defence Forces personnel assisting communities with flood defence efforts.

The National Coordination Group has been meeting again today to assess the response to the weather conditions.

Meanwhile, ESB is warning that water levels in Lough Derg may reach 2009 levels in the coming days - posing a serious flood risk to towns and villages around the lake.

Clare County Council has said water levels on the Lower River Shannon at Springfield, Clonlara, have risen by 225mm (22.5cm) since yesterday and are now 100mm (10cm) below the peak flood level of 2009.

The Council said the current peak levels are in part due to rising water levels on the Mulkear River, which enters the River Shannon south of Annacotty.

ESB has said it will maintain the flow of water through Parteen Weir at 470 cubic metres per second.

Sharon Lynsky of AA Roadwatch, has said some routes in Co. Kilkenny are still water logged: “The Newross to Kilkenny road has now closed, between Thomastown and Inistioge, due to flooding both of those towns are now impassable and Gardaí say to use the M9 if you can at all.”

To check for diversions in your local area log onto the AA Roadwatch traffic by county by clicking here.


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