Families and business owners in flood prone parts of Clare have been warned to baton down the hatches in the coming days as high seas could threaten many coastal areas. Clare County Council issued a Coastal Flooding Alert late last night and are urging people to remain vigilant.
The warning comes in the wake of devastating floods and high tides along the western seaboard last January and February – and while this current storm and sea swell is not expected to be as bad, many coastal defences are not functioning at 100 per cent following last year.
The current warning is the result of high tides brought about by the autumn equinox tides, strong winds, sea swells and low atmospheric pressure. The warning comes following a weekend of high winds and disturbed weather – with hundreds of households across the county left without electricity following high winds on Sunday night.
Ennis was the hardest hit area with almost 200 families left without power while there was also reports of large areas without power in the west and north of the county.
Just over 180 homes in the Kilrush area were left without power on Sunday night but the supply was restored soon afterward. Sections of Miltown Malbay, Lahinch and Ennistymon were also without power on Monday morning but, according to the ESB, normal service has been restored around the county.
Flooding advice is available on www.flooding.ie. Information included on the website includes advice on identifying flooding risks, protecting property against flooding, necessary steps to be taken if a property is flooded, and assessing and repairing property damaged by flooding.

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