2014-02-07 15:14:07 - Limerick City and County Council says it remains 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 Council says the threat of combined storm and tidal flooding is receding and that it does not expect further flooding to occur in Limerick City.
Council engineers have warned however 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.