Mid-West braced for further flooding

Flood response efforts are continuing across the Mid-West, with local authority staff, fire and rescue crews, the ESB, the army and the Gardaí providing 24-hour response to the flooding crisis on the ground.

Flood response efforts are continuing across the Mid-West, with local authority staff, fire and rescue crews, the ESB, the army and the Gardaí providing 24-hour response to the flooding crisis on the ground.

Clare County Council and Limerick County Council have confirmed that a flood warning remains in place along the lower River Shannon owing to increasing levels of water in the Shannon system.

The areas concerned are O'Briensbridge / Montpelier, Clonlara, Castleconnell, Westbury and Shannon Banks.

Clare County Council has closed the main bridge in Sixmilebridge. The local authority said it was concerned over the safety of the bridge structure.

Diversions for motorists using the R471 are currently being arranged by the Gardaí and Clare County Council.

The emergency services are continuing to monitor the situation across the Mid-West, in conjunction with the ESB at Ardnacrusha. Sandbags are available for collection from Parteen GAA Club and Clonlara Golf Club.

There has been further heavy rainfall overnight and this morning with more heavy rain forecast for the next few hours.

The ESB has confirmed however that it will not be changing the water release at Parteen Weir this morning. A further update will be issued at 2pm. There are media reports that more water will be released this afternoon.

Twenty-two families were evacuated last night from homes in the Hampstead Park, Shannon Banks, and three families were evacuated from Springfield Drive in Castleconnell. No further evacuations have taken place overnight or this morning.

Clare County Council and Limerick County Council engineers continue to monitor flood levels throughout both counties.

Limerick County Council has closed the R525 Castleconnell to Montpelier-O'Briensbridge Road, near the railway bridge. Motorists are advised to divert via the R466 Montpelier to Birdhill road.

The following roads are also closed to traffic due to flooding:

The Belmont Road in Castleconnell;

The road beside the Public Carpark in Castleconnell;

Mountshannon road in Annacotty;

The road from Charcos to Scanlan Park in Castleconnell.

People are advised to use local diversions in these instances.

The Gort Road in Ennis remains closed at the industrial estate until further notice after Girroga Lake burst its banks. Efforts by the emergency services to alleviate flooding in this area are continuing.

Clare County Council has also advised that there has been no deterioration in the quality of the Ennis public water supply and the quality of water is being tested on an ongoing basis.

Meanwhile, Bus Eireann services from Galway northwards are experiencing delays due to road closures. Galway-Limerick services are diverted via Loughrea and are experiencing delays.

Cork services are operating normally with a few diversions.

Members of the public are reminded to avoid contact with flood waters and to check on any elderly or infirm neighbours. Parents are asked to be particularly vigilant with children.

More in this section