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Possibility of more flooding as rainy conditions set to continue

Met Éireann says the south and south-west will be hit heaviest in coming days.

Updated 6.15pm

Winter weather Dec 13th 2015 Source: Niall Carson

THE ESB HAS decided not to change the discharge level at the Parteen Weir from its current level, Limerick City and County Council confirmed this evening.

Earlier today the National Emergency Coordination group had said water levels are rising and falling at different rates along the river Shannon. The group – which brings together a number of different State agencies – met again today to assess the flooding situation in the area.

The Office of Public Works says that overall, water levels on the River Shannon’s drainage basin are rising at a slower rate than yesterday.

ESB says the water level in Lough Derg increased marginally in the last 24 hours and the flow of water through Parteen Weir will remain at 440 cubic metres per second for today. In normal conditions about 10 cubic metres per second flows through the weir.

Limerick

This evening the council said the level of water flow is likely to continue to lead to flooding problems to land and property in Montpelier, Castleconnel, Annacotty, Mountshannon and at the University of Limerick.

A number of roads are closed due to water levels and motorists are advised to drive with caution.

Winter weather Dec 13th 2015 Flooding in the area of Corbally in Limerick Source: Niall Carson

The Corbally area of Limerick city was heavily flooded last night. It’s understood that 14 houses and a number of cars were flooded.

Council staff, assisted by the Defence Forces, the fire service and the Civil Defence are continuing to distribute sandbags to residents.

Winter weather Dec 13th 2015 Emergency workers remove a car in the area of Corbally in Limerick. Source: Niall Carson

Fifty homes were evacuated over the weekend and 220 members of the Defence Forces were deployed to assist affected areas.

There are warnings of further flooding in the coming week, as rainy conditions are set to continue for the next few days.

Met Eireann says the south and south-west regions are forecast to get the heaviest rainfall but there are currently no national weather warnings in place.

Flooding advice is available on www.flooding.ie.

Originally published 7:30am.

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