High tides and storm cause flooding across country

Winds easing tonight, says Met Éireann

Fri, Jan 3, 2014, 21:04

A major clean-up operation was ongoing this evening after towns and seafront streets around the country were flooded after high tides and heavy rain last night.

High tides, strong winds and rainfall caused flooding in parts of Dublin, Cork, Galway, Salthill, Waterford, Tralee, Clare and Mayo, while the River Shannon burst its banks in Limerick.

Galway City Council warned this evening of high tides at 6.30pm today, and at 6.48am and 7.18am tomorrow, with a risk of flooding at the Spanish Arch and Slathill.

Storm and flooding tweets

Later the council tweeted: “City centre OK following earlier high tide. Minor spot-flooding along coast road through Salthill from Grattan Rd to Blackrock. Avoid.”

Met Éireann has forecast winds easing tonight, with frost and ice forming in places. “Some scattered showers, mainly in coastal areas, with some falling as hail/sleet before dawn,” the foreacaster stated.

In Dublin today the River Liffey burst its banks in the afternoon and Victoria Quay and the South Quay were closed.

AA Roadwatch said at 8pm the coast road is still impassable “from Moyne Rd jct to Baldoyle due to flooding. Diversions are in place.”

The Estuary Road in Malahide had been shut and flooding was reported at Portmarnock and Strand Road in Sutton. The East Link bridge was shut earlier as a precaution.

The inundated Liffey boardwalk was closed to the public and there had been extensive flooding at Clontarf.

Dublin City Council stated at about 3pm that “All roads in the city are now open: Today’s high tide has now receded and all roads are now open in the city.”

Luas reported at 5pm that its services were running normally. The service tweeted: “#Luas services all running normally at the moment, the weather is not affecting any of our services.”

ESB Networks said approximately 2,800 customers in counties Donegal, Mayo and Clare were without power this morning after strong winds and heavy rain overnight.

It hopes that all customers will have their power restored by this evening.

A combination of high tides and strong winds caused flooding in parts of Salthill and Galway city overnight, although the flood waters had largely receded by lunchtime.

Parts of the promenade in Salthill and many approach roads were flooded as was the docks and the area around the Spanish Arch.

In Clare, Lahinch promenade is to remain closed to the public until further notice after the walkways and seawall were “seriously comprised” during stormy weather overnight, Clare County Council said.

Units of Clare Civil Defence and Clare County Fire and Rescue Service are dealing with the incident.

Council senior engineer Tom Tiernan said: “We are advising members of the public to stay away from the seafront for their own safety to enable the authorities to assess the damage caused to the promenade.

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