Civil Defence assist with flooding operations

Date Published : January 3rd, 2014    Published By : admin

Fire Brigade, Civil Defence, the Irish Coast Guard and Local Authority crews are continuing to deal with floods and incidents in many parts of the country this afternoon. Cork, Galway and Waterford are worst affected. Civil Defence units around the country are assisting with flood operations, while many others are on stand-by.

Mayo Civil Defence was also alerted by Gardai in Ballina to respond to flooding in the town at 7.45am. Twelve Civil Defence members from units at Ballina and Castlebar are assisting with flood alleviation efforts.

The Irish Coast Guard is also very busy with a number of incidents in the past number of hours.  In Cork, Youghal Coast Guard responded to a Council request to remove a seal from the promenade. The Seal was removed and returned to the sea in a safe area. The team also assisted the Gardai with the evacuation of multiple houses in the area.

Doolin Coast Guard and Kilkee Coast Guard in County Clare were alerted to assist in the rescue of people from houses after it was reported the flooded houses had people inside. There are some images on the Search & Rescue County Clare – Ireland facebook page. The Coast Guard station in Doolin is flooded, while the Life Guard station at Salthill, Galway was damaged and the Fire Station in Galway city is also said to be flooded.

Met Eireann has issued a Status Orange alert for Connacht, Donegal, Clare, Cork, Kerry and Limerick between 5pm this evening and 2pm tomorrow with gusts of 110 to 130km/h likely. There will also be heavy rain and high tides with local flooding in coastal areas.

There is also a Status Yellow alert for Leinster, Cavan, Monaghan, Tipperary and Waterford with gusts of 90 to 110km/h forecast and a risk of flooding in coastal areas.

Pic: Courtesy Declan Keogh

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