Evacuations in Limerick after severe flooding

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Defence Forces evacuate people in flooded areas
Defence Forces evacuate people in flooded areas
Waves crash over the wall of Lahinch Beach in Co Clare
Waves crash over the wall of Lahinch Beach in Co Clare
Limerick city and county council, HSE and gardaí join forces to respond to flooding
Limerick city and county council, HSE and gardaí join forces to respond to flooding
Businesses on the Galway coastline take measures to tackle flooding
Businesses on the Galway coastline take measures to tackle flooding
Limerick was hit by high tides (Pic: Pat Murphy)
Limerick was hit by high tides (Pic: Pat Murphy)
Motorists struggle through flood waters in Kenmare, Co Kerry (Pic: John Lynch)
Motorists struggle through flood waters in Kenmare, Co Kerry (Pic: John Lynch)
Doolin2Aran ferries tweeted: '#StormBrigid undos all repair work after #StormChristine no more carpark in #doolin'
Doolin2Aran ferries tweeted: '#StormBrigid undos all repair work after #StormChristine no more carpark in #doolin'
Clean-up operation in Ballylongford, Co Kerry following flooding
Clean-up operation in Ballylongford, Co Kerry following flooding
Salthill's promenade to remain closed until Monday
Salthill's promenade to remain closed until Monday
Parts of Limerick not previously affected by floods were under water (Pic: Pat Murphy)
Parts of Limerick not previously affected by floods were under water (Pic: Pat Murphy)
Roads on Inis Mór were badly damaged
Roads on Inis Mór were badly damaged
Damage to the promenade at Lahinch in Co Clare
Damage to the promenade at Lahinch in Co Clare
A house in Quilty, Co Clare is surrounded by flood waters
A house in Quilty, Co Clare is surrounded by flood waters
Inishbofin's sea wall destroyed in front of houses at East End village (Pic: Simon Murray)
Inishbofin's sea wall destroyed in front of houses at East End village (Pic: Simon Murray)
The pier at East End on Inishbofin has been destroyed (Pic: Simon Murray)
The pier at East End on Inishbofin has been destroyed (Pic: Simon Murray)
Boats used to help residents evacuate their homes in Limerick (Pic: Sasha Ninkovich)
Boats used to help residents evacuate their homes in Limerick (Pic: Sasha Ninkovich)
Clean up started early this morning in Galway
Clean up started early this morning in Galway
Majority of householders choose to remain in their homes
Majority of householders choose to remain in their homes

Parts of the country are under water and a clean up is taking place after high tides and strong winds battered the country last night and today. 

Hundreds of people have been evacuated from their homes in Limerick city, because of severe flooding.

High tides combined with strong winds caused the River Shannon to burst its banks at several locations.

Officials say there will be a continuing high tide flood risk until at least Monday. 

Hundreds of people had to be evacuated from their homes in Island Field and St Mary's Park due to flooding.

ESB Networks have said that around 700 customers are without power as a result of the storms overnight and today.

Most of the outages are in the south west.

At least 9,000 customers were affected by the weather conditions.

High tide and storm force winds hit the west coast with extensive flooding in parts of Galway city and coastal areas this morning.

Worst affected areas include the promenade in Salthill, a section of which is closed until Monday, and the areas of Spanish Arch, Claddagh Quay and The Docks.

Emergency crews are assisting home owners and businesses in the worst affected areas.

Most roads in the city have reopened.

Galway City Council has a Flood Emergency Team in place with workers across all departments on call to provide assistance.

Floodgates and sandbags are stacked around homes and businesses in vulnerable areas.

Around 20 houses in the Kilshannig area near Castlegregory in west Kerry have been cut off after high seas washed rocks, boulders and other debris onto the only access road for the area.

Kilshannig is located at the end of Maharee Sandspit and is particularly vulnerable to coastal flooding and erosion.    

Council officials have urged people to be extremely vigilant on exposed coasts.

The main street of Cahirciveen was closed this morning after part of the roof of a Chinese Restaurant was blown off in high winds.

Islands off Galway badly hit in storms

Islands off the Galway coast have sustained more structural damage after this morning's high tides.

Resident on Inishbofin have said that the North Beach was breached and a 30-foot gouge puts homes at serious risk of isolation.  

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

The loss of the pier, a significant part of the bay's defences, puts the village seriously at risk. 

There are similar problems on Inis Mór, where roads have been washed away.

Island Co-op manager Cathy Ní Ghoill said damage from earlier this month had been worsened by the high tides. 


While temporary repairs were conducted on a road to the island's oil and recycling depot in recent weeks, powerful seas this morning reversed any improvements.

Ms Ní Ghoill said the cost of repair work had at least doubled after today and stressed the need for immediate action to secure exposed roads and structures. 

Parts of Tralee in Co Kerry were flooded including Princes Street, Strand Road and the area around the Brandon Hotel, but floodwaters have now abated.

Flooding has also been reported in Blennerville, Lohercannon and Ballylongford, while the road between Kenmare and Castletownbeare is impassable.

The Ladies' Beach in Ballybunion has been further stripped of sand and water has entered the building used by Ballybunion Sea and Cliff Rescue.

Sleepers which were used to protect the coastline from erosion at the Mens' Beach have been washed away.

In Cork city the tide has now turned and is on its way out, there has been no flooding in the city.

A tidal flood alert remains in place until Sunday

16 Aer Lingus flights scheduled for this morning have been cancelled due to high winds.

AA Roadwatch has warned of spot flooding and excess surface water on many roads and has urged drivers not to drive through water that