LIMERICK, Ireland Monday 16 October 2017
A flooding alert has been issued for parts of Limerick city as a result of Storm Ophelia.
Exceptional water surges, driven by offshore winds in the Shannon Estuary and low atmospheric pressure will result in a higher than predicted high tide this evening (17h00).
Clancy Strand is closed to traffic as a precaution, and Limerick City and County Council engineers are monitoring the situation very closely.
Limerick City and County Council is taking all reasonable precautions in relation to deploying barriers and the public are advised to stay away from the city quays, Clancy and O’Callaghan Strands along with other rivers and open water in the city and along the estuary.
Part of the walkway along Clancy Strand is already submerged.
Overall flood defences are working.
Storm Ophelia is continuing to track northeastwards bringing further violent and destructive winds for a time, with gusts of 120 and 150 km/h.
There remains a danger to life and property.
The RED weather alert remains in place until 1am Tuesday 17 October 2017.
The latest updates in relation to roads blocked by fallen trees ishttps://www.limerick.ie/council/newsroom/news/storm-ophelia-limerick-reported-fallen-trees
And all details in relation to Storm Ophelia can be viewed via this link.https://www.limerick.ie/council/newsroom/storm-ophelia
Staff in Limerick City and County Council Customer Services department will continue to deal with your calls after 5pm.
Please understand that staff will be unable to attend during the RED alert as Limerick City and County Council has a duty of care to its staff and will not be putting their safety at risk.
Crews will begin the massive cleanup operation at first light tomorrow morning.
Some Useful Numbers
Dial 999/112 for emergency services only if needed
Limerick City and County Council 061 556000 Out of Hours 061 417833
ESB Networks 1850 372 999
Gas Networks Ireland 1850 205 050
Stay safe everyone
Be prepared, be sensible and be careful and stay safe.
ENDS 10 2017