Rising water levels bring further devastation

Water levels across the country rose considerably last night, bringing further devastation to areas already ravaged by flooding.
Rising water levels bring further devastation

So far, some 200 homes have been impacted by flooding since Storm Frank hit during the week, with a further 100 at risk.

While last night’s rainfall was not deemed excessive, the ground was already saturated after the wettest December on record — last night’s downpour only adding to the nation’s flooding woes.

In Kilkenny, the county council has warned flash flooding is still likely. In Clonmel, Co Tipperary, evacuation notices for some homes have been issued.

Elsewhere in Tipperary, the RNLI carried out a rescue after a horse fell into the swollen river Nenagh and was swept into Lough Derg. The foal fell into the water shortly after midday yesterday and was spotted by a member of the public who raised the alarm. The Lough Derg RNLI deployed and managed to coax the horse ashore. The animal had wounds to its chest and knee. The Coast Guard arranged for a vet to go to the location.

In Co Clare, water levels on the River Shannon at Springfield increased, having dropped by 200mm on Thursday. The council said that the increase related to the ESB’s decision to increase the spill rate at Parteen Weir by 30 cubic metres per second to 470 and because of rising water levels on the Mulkear River.

Limerick residents were also affected by the increase of the spill rate, prompting the council to secure additional pumping capacity to combat any rise in water levels in areas such as Castleconnell and Montpelier. Council staff were last night continuing pumping operations at both locations while trying to maintain flood defences at other flood-prone locations along the river.

In Waterford, the Comeragh and Dungarvan-Lismore Municipal District areas suffered extensive damage, while in Clashmore, a funeral removal was postponed due to impassable roads.

Ballyduff village flooded for the first time in over 20 years and sections of the River Clodagh burst its banks in the Comeraghs.

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