Clare County Council is urging land, home and business owners in flood prone locations to remain vigilant over the coming days due to a heightened risk of flooding.
The local authority says the risk is the result of forecast heavy rain, already saturated ground and sustained winds.
Met Éireann today (Friday, 4 December 2015) issued a Red Alert and is warning of incessant falls of heavy rain overnight and for all of Saturday. Accumulations in excess of 70mm expected, with greater totals on higher ground. Southwest winds with mean speeds of 50 to 65km/h will gust 90 to 100km/h are also forecast throughout the period.
Paul Moroney, Senior Engineer, Clare County Council stated, “Forecasts suggests that Clare will experience prolonged heavy rainfall during Friday night and on Saturday which will lead to flooding. All river systems throughout the county are very elevated following continued heavy rainfall in recent weeks. Streams and rivers in high ground or mountainous areas of Clare may burst their banks, leading to a heightened risk of flooding for adjoining lands, property and roads.”
“The heavy rainfall will be accompanied by sustained strong gale to storm force winds with gusts exceeding which will exceed 100km/h resulting in dangerous driving conditions.
“The situation is being monitored continuously and contingency arrangements are in place to deal with any flooding incident. In the event of circumstances requiring it, Clare County Council will initiate the approved framework for Major Emergency Management, which would involve the immediate setup of a Crisis Management Team. The Council has already met with the Gardaí and other agencies regarding preparations for any possible flooding incident in County Clare,” added Mr Moroney.
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.
Further updates will be issued where necessary.

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