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People living along the Shannon are being warned to brace for more flooding

The ESB says that river flowing through the Parteen Weir is set to increase.

Flooded fields and roads near Athlone, Co Westmeath during the week.
Flooded fields and roads near Athlone, Co Westmeath during the week.
Image: Niall Carson

Updated 1.12 pm

ESB ARE WARNING residents in a number of areas along the lower River Shannon that more flooding should be expected today.

Water flowing through the Parteen Weir at Lough Derg will today increase to 440 cubic metres per second according the ESB. In normal conditions, about 10 cubic metres per second flows through the weir.

The ESB are therefore warning that there is an increased risk of flooding on roads, land and property in the vicinity of the Shannon downstream of Parteen Weir.

Some of these areas include Springfield, Montpelier, Castleconnell, Annacotty and the University of Limerick.

People in ‘at risk’ areas are being warned to avoid walking along riverbanks with motorists advised to check local authority warnings before making a journey.

Further heavy rains are not being predicted, however. Met Éireann say that there are no weather warnings in place and that, while rain will continue throughout the day across the country, it is not predicted to be heavy.

The OPW is advising that water levels in some areas have risen over the last 24 hours where others have not. In some areas, water levels have fallen.

PastedImage-61545 Source: Department of Environment

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