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Dublin: 3°C Tuesday 1 December 2020

Dublin City Council takes extra precautions over flood warning

The Liffey Boardwalk will be closed and the flood gates on the River Tolka are being put in place.

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DUBLIN CITY COUNCIL has taken a number of precautionary measures to protect against possible flooding overnight.

Met Éireann has issued a weather warning in the capital for the next 30 hours. The weather people said some local flooding from rain is possible, while coastal flooding also remains a threat.

Between 1am Wednesday and 1.30am Thursday, there will be three very high tides in-a-r0w. Following a meeting of the council’s flooding assessment group, a number of precautionary actions have been taken.

The Liffey Boardwalk defences will be closed tomorrow morning.

The car parks at Sandymount promenade and at Clontarf will be closed tonight as there may be very localised wave overtopping in the areas.

The flood defences on the River Tolka are being put in place and drainage crews are being mobilised.

The flood gates on the River Dodder have already been closed. Dublin City Council maintains a stock of sandbags at various locations for strategic purposes and will be deployed by drainage staff, if required.

Met Eireann predicts widespread rain for a time tonight with “some very heavy falls in places.

“It will become windy in coastal areas too, and there is a danger of some flooding, especially in coastal counties of the south and southeast.”

Some heavy showers and thundery downpours are expected tomorrow with “coastal gales at times in the east and southeast, with an ongoing risk of flooding in these counties”.

And there doesn’t seem to be much of a let-off later in the week. Although Friday will be more dry and bright, there will be “the odd shower”, while the weekend “looks like it will be unsettled with rain at times”.

Earlier: Localised flooding warnings for this evening

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