Council deals with incidents as Storm Barra Orange Wind Warning continues in Limerick

  • Storm Barra trees down in County Limerick.

Crews from Limerick City and County Council are working to remove trees and other debris from roads across the city and county as gusts of up to 130km/h batter the country.

Storm Barra continues to track slowly over the country, which has resulted in an ORANGE Wind Warning for Limerick, A RED Marine Warning for the Shannon Estuary and YELLOW Rainfall Warning.

A RED Wind Warning remains in effect for Counties Clare, Cork and Kerry.

Limerick’s Orange Wind Warning is in effect until 6am on Wednesday (08 Dec 2021).

Winds are extremely gusty and Limerick City and County Council is urging people to only go out if absolutely necessary.

The Council is advising motorists and other road users to proceed with extreme caution. Winds are uprooting trees and branches, blocking roads.

Driving on the motorway network is also challenging due to the high winds.

The ORANGE Wind Warning remains in effect until 6am on Wednesday morning. (08 Dec 2021).

Trees

Council crews have been made aware of trees, branches and other debris in:

  • Abbeyfeale
  • Kilfinane
  • Newcastle West area
  • Bruff Line
  • Kilmeedy
  • Newcastle West to Ardagh Road
  • Monagea
  • Loughill
  • Old Mill Road to Carrigkerry
  • Rathkeale – Ballingarry Road
  • Monaleen
  • Mayorstone
  • R513 between Beary’s Cross and Caherconlish
  • Cappagh
  • Murroe
  • Knocklong

Crews are working through the incidents and are assessing each one on a case-by-case basis when it comes to health and safety precautions.

The safety of our crews is paramount and Limerick City and County Council will not put people’s lives at risk.

Power

There are reports of power outages in Abbeyfeale, Kantoher, Newcastle West, Ardagh, Askeaton and Milford (near Feenagh). Check ESB Powercheck for the most up-to-date information.

Defences

Flood defences erected along Clancy and O’Callaghan Strands and along the City Quays held during high tide around 8.30 this morning, with a small amount of overtopping.

In the city, the worst affected location for flooding was the Urban Garden in the Hunt Museum and the walkway at Sarsfield House.

The water receded quickly once high tide passed.

Similarly, there were no issues in Foynes, Askeaton and Glin.

Tides

Council crews continue to monitor the river ahead of this evening’s high tide. High tides in Limerick are due around 8am to 8.45pm (Tuesday (07 Dec 2021)), depending on location.

Modelling suggests that this evening’s high tide will not be as high as this morning’s, however the Council will be on standby in case of emergency.

The situation is constantly evolving as Storm Barra tracks over Ireland. Limerick City and County Council is monitoring the situation closely and will issue regular updates.

Useful Numbers

Dial 999/112 for emergency services only if needed.

Limerick City and County Council 061 556000; Out of Hours 061 417833.

ESB Networks 1800 372 999

Gas Networks Ireland 1800 205 050

Irish Water 1800 278 278

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