Rivers in Co Clare 'very elevated' as Army put on stand-by

Rivers in Co Clare 'very elevated' as Army put on stand-by

Clare County Council is reporting that all river systems throughout the county are “very elevated” following continued heavy rainfall in recent weeks.

The Army and Civil Defence are on stand-by as more serious flooding is expected in the coming days with a number of rivers already very high across the country.

The National Coordination Group has issued a warning about possible flooding of the River Barrow, the Blackwater, the Nore and the Slaney, and also the River Shannon.

Met Eireann is forecasting more heavy rain from tonight, with Munster expected to be worst affected with up to 50 millimetres of rain in the next couple of days.

It is also warning that a succession of storms will hit the country between Tuesday and Friday next week.

Clare County Council has warned there is a risk of flooding at various locations throughout the county over the coming days.

Areas in south-east Clare and Ennis which are in the zone of influence of the River Shannon are particularly vulnerable.

They said people in all areas which have previously flooded should be vigilant and should take appropriate precautions.

The Council is closely monitoring the situation particularly in South East Clare and any necessary actions are being implemented. Regular contact is being maintained with the ESB.

The Council has already met with the Gardaí and other agencies regarding preparations for any possible flooding in County Clare.

Limerick City and County Council says it remains on a state of alert, but they say the threat of combined storm and tidal flooding is receding and that it does not expect further flooding to occur in Limerick city.

Flooding advice is available on www.flooding.ie. Information included on the website includes advice on identifying flooding risks, protecting property against flooding, necessary steps to be taken if a property is flooded, and assessing and repairing property damaged by flooding.

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