Update on Limerick City Flooding

Flood Warning on 07/02/2014

We remain on a state of alert ahead of further forecasted heavy rainfall and strong winds this weekend and during the early days of next week.

The threat of combined storm and tidal flooding is receding and that it does not expect further flooding to occur in Limerick City.

Our engineers have warned that elevated river levels around the County, combined with saturated land and forecasts for further heavy rain, could lead to localised flooding.

Paul Crowe, Director of Services explained: “The Council has been informed by Met Éireann that the current spell of very unsettled weather will continue for the coming week with a succession of Atlantic storms predicted to impact. Heavy rain and high winds are again forecast overnight and again during tomorrow (Saturday). The Council will continue to monitor the situation over the coming days. We are also in constant contact with the ESB regarding the elevated water levels on the Lower River Shannon.”

Meanwhile, the local authority is reminding members of the public to avoid contact with flood waters and to check on any elderly or infirm neighbours. Parents are asked to be particularly vigilant with children.

“In the event of flooding we would strongly appeal to members of the public to continue to heed the advice of the emergency services so as to ensure their own safety. Motorists should also drive with extreme care as localised flooding is likely on some roads throughout Limerick during the coming days,” added Mr. Crowe.

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.

Limerick remains on flood alert

Tuesday 4 February 2014

Limerick City and County Council says no new flooding has been reported in Limerick during the past 24 hours.


The Council, An Garda Síochána and the HSE remain on a state of alert up to and including the coming weekend with further heavy rainfall forecast for the period.

Flooding affected approximately 200 acres of Limerick City at the weekend with approximately 300 houses and up to 2,000 people impacted. The local authority, in conjunction with other public service organisations, says it is continuing to liaise with residents and business owners affected by flooding.

Limerick City and County Council is in ongoing consultation with the OPW and Central Government regarding the requirement for additional flood defences to be provided at vulnerable locations.

The tide tables for Limerick Docks predicted a high tide level of 7.5m (actual high tide level 8.9m) for 07.12am on Saturday 1st February. The following are the predicted tide levels for the next two days:

  • Tuesday, 4th February: 6.6m at 9.54pm
  • Wednesday, 5th February: 6.6m at 10.14am and 6.3m at 10.40pm.


Council engineers are also monitoring water levels on the Lower River Shannon and on the Mulkear, Maigue and Deel Rivers ahead of more heavy rain forecast during the coming week.

In light of the high river levels, land, home and business owners along with motorists are being urged to exercise increased vigilance concerning the potential for localised flooding during the coming days.

INFORMATION:

Up to 250 local personnel from Limerick City and County Council, Limerick City and County Fire and Rescue Service, HSE, An Garda Síochána, Limerick Civil Defence, The Red Cross, Limerick Civic Trust, Community Employments schemes, residents associations and other community groups, have been involved in emergency response efforts throughout Limerick City. This figure is additional to Defence Forces personnel who participated in the response.

Approximately 15,000 sandbags were distributed throughout Limerick City during the period Thursday (Jan 30th) to Monday (Feb 3rd).

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.

Press Release Sunday, February 2, 2014, 8:30pm

No new flooding has been reported in Limerick City following this evening’s high tide.


Limerick City and County Council continues to be on high alert but is not expecting any further deterioration of the current situation in the short term.

Public service organisations in Limerick city have spent the day dealing with the aftermath of the severe and unprecedented flooding which affected hundreds of houses mainly in the King’s Island area. The areas concerned cover some 200 acres with approximately 300 houses and up to 2,000 people. 

Assessments have been carried out door to door this afternooon and further appraisals will be made in the morning (Monday) when the clean up operation commences.

Limerick City and County Manager Conn Murray earlier met public representatives to brief them on developments and continued tonight to commend all those concerned in their efforts dealing with the flooding. 

"The three responding agencies had approximately 150 personnel involved in this incident to date supported by many volunteers. I can assure the public that services remain ready to assist the community in the event of further risk from anticipated weather and tides over the coming days," he said.

The situation in Limerick is being kept under constant review and additional media updates will be issued as required.

The Limerick Emergency Contact telephone number is 061 417833.

Press Release Sunday, February 2, 2014, 10am

Public service organizations in Limerick city today continue to deal with the aftermath of severe flooding which affected hundreds of houses mainly in the King’s Island area. Water levels remain high and the worst affected areas are cordoned off.

High tide this morning was at 8am but no new flooding has been reported. St Mary’s Secondary School and College Park Road which had flooded yesterday are now being pumped out. Sixty people were evacuated from their homes yesterday and assistance provided to several hundred others. Most of those evacuated stayed overnight with relatives. Accommodation was provided for a small number. Flooding in the city has been described as unprecedented. Flood defences had been put in place in the most vulnerable locations but were unable to cope with a combination of torrential rain, high tides and strong winds.

Limerick City and County Manager Conn Murray is to meet local public representatives later this morning to brief them on developments. He has praised all concerned in efforts to deal with the flooding especially community organizations. “The tremendous public spirit shown by the people of Limerick City has been of great benefit to the state agencies including the fire and rescue service, the ambulance service and the Gardai in trying to deal with the situation. I would also like to thank the Defence Forces, Order of Malta,, Limerick Marine Search and Rescue, Civil Defence and Red Cross for their assistance”, he said.

“I understand the great shock experienced by residents especially the elderly. Nobody in the city, not even the oldest resident of King’s Island, can ever recall such severe flooding. We had our preparations made and had been working to shore up defences for days in the areas considered most at risk of flooding in the city and county but the volume of water was such that many of our defences were simply unable to cope”, he added.

A media briefing will be held in the Strand Hotel at 11am.

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:10/02/2014

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