The Clare Crisis Management Centre has received confirmation from the ESB that they will not be increasing the rate of release of water from Parteen Weir today.
There have been no evacuations in South East Clare or elsewhere in Clare overnight.
Water levels along the Lower River Shannon, at O’Briensbridge, Clonlara, Westbury and Shannon Banks, rose by approximately 2 inches overnight and this morning. The Office of Public Works (OPW) is constructing a major flood defence from Athlunkard Bridge (Corbally Road) to Hampstead Park (Shannon Banks). All agencies are assisting the OPW with the construction of the earthen embankment.
River levels have reduced in Ennis. The County Clare Interagency Response Team continues to strengthen flood defences in order to further alleviate flooding in the town, which remains on flood alert.
The overall situation continues to be monitored by all agencies involved. Current weather patterns for the weekend are not expected to impact adversely on the current situation with low levels of rainfall predicted.
- The Watery Road has been re-opened to traffic this morning. However,
a ramp is in place for traffic to drive over pump hoses. Cars are advised to proceed with caution. Buses and mini-buses are advised to take extreme caution.
- Rossmanagher Road, Sixmilebridge (L7112) is closed
- The main bridge Sixmilebridge is will re-open at lunchtime to both pedestrians and vehicular access.
The number of calls to the 24 hour helpline have dropped very significantly. On the basis of the forecasted period of respite from the weather over the weekend, the Crisis Management Centre is stepping down the very high level of response that has been in place for the last nine days. A plan is in place to monitor water levels over the weekend and to re-activate the Crisis Management Centre at very short notice. The inter agency crisis team will continue to meet over the weekend to provide a coordinated response. The Council Emergency Number is 087 4169496