Wednesday 26 October 2016

Emergency service on alert for fresh flooding as clean up continues across the country

Emergency workers remove a car in the Corbally area of Limerick as flooding continues along the River Shannon
Emergency workers remove a car in the Corbally area of Limerick as flooding continues along the River Shannon

Crews from Dublin City Council will remain on alert over the coming days for any potential flooding.

A spokesperson for the council said there were issues with surface water flooding around the city over the course of the weekend but, thankfully, nothing that caused any major issue,

"We had drainage crews working on both the northside and southside of the city all weekend, and engineering staff on duty as well," he said.

"They were doing a sweep of the city, and through our traffic camera network as well in our control room in civic offices, we were able to identify areas that were really troublesome.

"We have regular meetings and interaction with Met Eireann, so we would be in touch obviously with them on a daily basis," he added.

A resident of Seville Place in the north city centre told the Herald that his basement floor apartment had suffered minor floor damage over the weekend

"I had some minor flooding and pumped the water out so it was frustrating," the man added.

Meanwhile, retailers in the city centre also felt the effects of the washout weather.

A spokesman for the Dublin Chamber of Commerce said that by all accounts it was a little quieter in town than would have been expected at this time of the year.

However, he said that Dundrum and the other shopping centres were all very busy.

"The bad weather for Saturday had been well forecast throughout the week, and with another 11 days left until Christmas, people will have simply delayed their trip - most likely until next weekend," he said.

"All the retailers I spoke to expect next weekend to be extremely busy. The forecast for the coming week is much better than last too."

Meanwhile, with water levels on the Shannon still rising, but at a slower rate, there are fears for more flooding.

Since last weekend, 50 houses in flood-hit parts of the country have been evacuated,

Several homes in Limerick and Athlone were flooded on Saturday night.

Maynooth's Fire Station avoided serious damage as council services worked to protect the building after the Royal Canal burst its banks.

The station, which is located in a low-lying area, was inundated for a time when excess water rose high enough to enter the building.

The bottom floor of the building, where the brigade's fire trucks are stored, was affected but damage is said to be minimal.

Fine Gael Councillor for Maynooth Tim Durkan said he alerted council authorities to the incident.

Mr Durkan told the Herald that parts of the building saw water levels rise to a foot.

It is understood the fire station will continue to operate as normal.

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