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Ireland Flood warning over heavy rain in west of Ireland as ESB increases dam water flow

00:25  20 february  2020
00:25  20 february  2020 Source:   msn.com

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a boat is docked next to a body of water: The Parteen Weir in Co Tipperary © Google Maps The Parteen Weir in Co Tipperary

Flood-prone communities are racing against time as more heavy rain is forecast over the next 72 hours.

An astonishing 245,000 litres of water a second will be discharged through the Shannon dam to save areas at risk in the west of Ireland.

Met Eireann has warned of localised floods and heavy rain until the weekend with more unsettled weather next week.

It will fall on saturated land and swollen rivers.

The ESB said 245 cumecs (cubic metres per second) will have to be discharged at the Parteen Weir over the next four days.

At noon today the flow through the weir was increased from 170 cumecs to 210 cumecs per second.

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“We are constantly monitoring the situation,” and ESB spokesperson said.

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A text alert system is now in place for residents living downstream of the Parteen Weir, which regulates water flows for the ESB hydro power plant at Ardnacrusha.

“The level of water flow at the higher end (245 cumecs) is likely to result in flooding of roads and may affect land and property in the vicinity of the Shannon downstream of Parteen Weir.”

“Other areas between Parteen Weir and Limerick may also be vulnerable to flooding due to local issues,” the ESB said.

Tens of thousands of acres of farmland, especially in the west and the midlands, are under threat, as well as family homes with more rain on the way over the next three days.

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Rainfall so far this month is at more than twice the average levels in many parts of the country, Met Eireann says.

Today a farm leader called for a single national national waterways authority to deal with flooding.

Pat McCormack, President of ICMSA, said there is already flooding along stretches of the Shannon with weather reports indicating it could get worse.

“We need a Single Waterways Authority. It is simply not possible to plan or respond in any kind of timely fashion where actions had to be “run past” up to six different bodies all with different and often conflicting aims, “ he said.

A yellow rainfall warning is in place in Galway and other western counties until tomorrow morning.

Independent TD Michael Fitzmaurice has warned that the threat is real.

“It is comparable to what was witnessed a number of years ago when large swathes of the country were impacted by flooding.”

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A new weather warning for heavy rain has been issued for Wales from Monday. A spokesman said: "The high tides continue to cause concern along the coast over the next two days, but with the forecast rain it is important to remember there remains a risk of inland flooding from rivers and surface water .

Deputy Fitzmaurice said: “The local authorities need to put plans in place to help protect both households and local roads which are in particular danger of flooding.

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