Coastal regions assess damage from spring storm

//Coastal regions assess damage from spring storm

Coastal regions assess damage from spring storm

Sunday 02 February 2014 07.28

Hundreds of people had to be evacuated from their homes in Limerick city (Pic: Aidan Ryan) Hundreds of people had to be evacuated from their homes in Limerick city (Pic: Aidan Ryan)

Clean-up operations are under way in many flood-hit areas after strong winds battered coastal regions yesterday.

Hundreds of people were evacuated from their homes in parts of Limerick city after the River Shannon burst its banks at several locations.

Limerick remains at risk from further flooding at high tide until at least tomorrow.

The Dock Road is closed due to flooding and both Corbally Road and Park Road are impassable.

Parts of Galway have also been badly hit with businesses in the city counting the cost of the extensive flood damage.

Worst affected areas include the promenade in Salthill – a section of which will remain closed until tomorrow.

ESB Networks has said around 500 customers remain without power as a result of yesterday’s storms.

Most of the outages are in parts of counties Kerry, Clare and Limerick.

The island of Inishbofin off Co Galway suffered significant damage, with locals reporting that it was the most severe storm, with highest waters, in living memory.

The North Beach was breached and a number of homes are in danger of being cut off.

The pier and fish curing station of the village of Rusheen in the East End of the island, and its promenade wall, have been reduced to rubble.  

Met Éireann has said strong southwesterly winds in the north and northwest will ease during the day and there will be some bright or sunny spells mainly in the Munster, Connacht and west Ulster.

AA Roadwatch has warned of excess surface water on the M7 Dublin to Limerick Road from Birdhill to Roscrea and motorists should avoid the Coast Road in Killimer, Co Clare due to flooding.

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