No let up as now snow hits

No let up as now snow hits

A further 50 millimetres of rain fell in large parts of Ireland up to early yesterday, in the latest deluge to hit the country following on from 111mm which drenched us at the height of Storm Desmond.

Some 40,000 acres have been flooded along the Shannon and thousands of homes and businesses are waterlogged across the country.

Beleaguered communities, particularly those in the south and along the Shannon, are today bracing themselves for more floods after the new downfall.

The River Lee was also at risk late yesterday of again bursting its banks.

Extra sandbags are been organised to help the effort at keeping the rising water at bay.

Snowfall has also added to the chaos in some areas with several counties in the Midlands and Co. Mayo affected.

Heavy snowfall has also been reported in parts of the north.

The ESB has increased the flow of water from the Parteen Weir as the River Shannon continues to rise. 

The flow of the water increased to 405 cubic metres per second.

The ESB has said they had to increase the flow of water due to rising water coming from Lough Derg.

The ESB said water levels in Lough Derg are being monitored, with regular assessments made of flows.

It said that with further rain expected, the level of water flowing down the Shannon may increase further in the following days.

Speaking at a meeting of the National Emergency Coordination Group, head of forecasting Gerald Fleming said up to 50mm of rain had fallen in parts of the south west of the country into the early hours of yesterday morning.

By midday yesterday, between 30mm and 40mm fell in west Clare, Limerick, Tipperary and Connacht and between 25mm and 30mm in the Midlands and Dublin region.

Gardaí are urging drivers to slow down and be vigilant to cope with snow and ice-covered roads early today, as well as flood-stricken roads.

All local authorities are operating their severe weather plans and gritting main roads and motorways as needed.

Meanwhile, the Department of Social Protection said those affected by the floods can access a special emergency fund to buy essential food, clothing and other necessities through their local community welfare officers who are handling emergencies on a case-by-case basis.