Limerick flood warning in place until Monday

Submitted by Seán Willis
Flood waters on the rise in Limerick. Photo by Seán Willis

Water levels in the worst affected areas remain at a very high level following last night’s severe flooding throughout Limerick city and county.

The fire and ambulance services evacuated a number of vulnerable people from their homes to St Munchin’s Community Centre in Killeely which has been designated as a care centre.

According to Limerick county council’s senior executive officer Eugene Griffin, 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 at the site as soon as possible so that assistance can be provided”, he said.

Unprecedented high tides and strong winds this morning overwhelmed the defences put in place by Limerick city and county councils earlier this week.

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Fire services from Limerick and Clare have been battling the floodwaters since 6am with assistance from the Defence Forces, Limerick Marine Search and Rescue, Civil Defence and Irish Red Cross.

And with the risk of flooding at high tide  continuing until Monday, Limerick City and County Council, the HSE and the Gardaí are co-ordinating the response to the  emergency.

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