Flooding in Limerick on 1st of February 2014

MEDIA STATEMENT 

The three principal response agencies, Limerick City  and County Council, HSE and An Garda Siochana are co-ordinating the response to the severe flood emergency which occurred overnight in Limerick City and County.

Limerick City and County Council yesterday prepared for the severe weather forecast and implemented planning for areas vulnerable to flooding in the city and county. Over the last couple of days flood defences were put in place in areas that were most at risk from flooding.

The Council had crews out last night monitoring the situation, and again this morning but an unprecedented high tide this morning exacerbated by high winds overwhelmed the defences. Fire Services from Limerick and Clare are responding since 6am. In addition other agencies are also assisting including Defence Forces, Limerick Marine Search and rescue, Civil Defence and Irish Red Cross.

At this stage most roads have reopened, however the Council would advise road users to exercise caution. Pumping of flood waters in worst affected areas is continuing. 

The Fire Service and Ambulance Service have rescued a number of vulnerable people from their homes. The need to evacuate people from their homes is being reviewed on a continual basis. Saint Munchins Community Centre Killeely has been established as a Centre to care for people evacuated.

Assisting vulnerable persons in the Island Field/Saint Mary's Park Area is an on-going priority. We would urge any persons who require assistance to make themselves known to the emergency services who are at the site as soon as possible so that assistance can be provided.

Water levels in the worst affected area remain at a very high level. 

The city will be at risk from flooding at high tide until at least Monday. 

The situation is being kept under constant review and further updates will be issued as required.

The Limerick City Council Emergency Contact telephone number is 061 417833.

Last update:01/02/2014

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