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Wednesday, August 06, 2008

More flooding reported in West Limerick areas

Emergency services were dealing with even more flooding in the west Limerick area Wednesday night with Newcastle West reported to be back on flood alert.

TV3 news said in a late night TV broadcast that council officials were continuing to monitor the river Arra fearing that it could burst it’s banks once again.

As heavy rain fell across the country during the evening, Live 95FM reported a manhole cover on the N21 in the townland of Shangarry, which is just outside Newcastle West, had been uprooted due to rising water levels around 6pm. Motorists were being asked to avoid the area.

There were also concerns about the river Allaughan near Templeglantine West, as the level of the river was described as worrying. Flooding was also reported at premises in Rathkeale, Athea and Abbeyfeale.

Although the rain was heavy in bursts Wednesday, it is believed to be nowhere near the levels of last Thursday which saw millions of euro worth of damage caused by flash floods.

NEW DETAILS (7th August)
Local radio reports on of how residents in Newcastle West came together Wednesday night alongside the fire service as they watched the river Arra swell to dangerous levels.

Sandbags were distributed over fears the river may burst its banks however it never materialised.

Residents are defiant insisting that although they were not ready last Thursday, they are prepared for any flooding now.

:: Met Eireann Rain Radar

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