Storm Eleanor brings highest tides in fifty years to Limerick

High tide in Limerick city centre last night

Limerick City Centre recorded the highest tides in over half a century last night during Storm Eleanor.

A high tide of 7.1 metres coupled with a storm surge of 1.8 metres resulted in flooding along the quays in Limerick city and a number of other areas in the city and county.

Flood defence barriers had been put in place by Limerick City and County Council as part of preparations for the arrival of Storm Eleanor.

Road flooding occurred in George’s Quay, O’Callaghan Strand, Clancy Strand, Merchant’s Quay, Sarsfield House area and Watch House Cross/Kileely.

Flood defences along the boardwalk along Bishop’s, Howley’s and Harvey’s Quays held, which meant the roads remained passable.

Surface water was on roads across the city and county with the Dock Road and sections of Corbally Road particularly affected.

Two houses and a pub in The Quays area of Askeaton were flooded as was the car park of Askeaton Swimming Pool.

Two houses near JJ Bowles Pub in Thomondgate and three houses at the bottom of Mill Road, Corbally were also affected.

The tide was higher than those recorded during the flooding in King’s Island and surrounding areas in January 2014.

Council maintenance crews also also dealt with a number of fallen trees around the county. The crews remain on alert as there are further high tides and high winds due.

A high tide of 7.1 metres at 7.27pm is expected this evening while tomorrow morning there will be a high tide of 7.3 metres at 7.46am.

Duty engineers will continue to monitor the situation and crews are on standby to deal with incidents.

Met Eireann has issued a yellow wind warning for Limerick, the rest of Munster, Carlow, Kilkenny, Wexford and Wicklow. This is valid from 3am until 1pm tomorrow.

Further rainfall is also forecast.

The local authority is urging people to be careful close to open water and mindful of strong winds.

More information on how to prepare for adverse weather conditions here