Dec 10, 2015

Threat of flooding will get worse as Shannon to reach critical 2009 levels

Shannon, Co. Clare
Ireland
by
Paul Melia, Kevin Doyle, Denise Calnan
,
Irish Independent
Air Corps handout photo of a farm near Ballyhaunis, Co Mayo after Storm Desmond hit the area over the weekend. Photo: Independant
Air Corps handout photo of a farm near Ballyhaunis, Co Mayo after Storm Desmond hit the area over the weekend. Photo: Independant

Water levels on the Shannon are expected to reach 2009 levels - the highest on record which saw large swathes of the country underwater - by the weekend, prompting fears of major flooding across Clare, Limerick and Tipperary...as much as 450,000 litres of water a second will be released from the Parteen Weir, following days of heavy rain, with officials warning river levels remain dangerously high as Storm Desmond continues to take its toll. There is also a warning flood waters may not recede "for days and weeks" in some places