Livestock, winter crops, farm yards under threat as river flooding risks remain high

The National Directorate For Fire and Emergency Management at the Department of the Environment received no reports of major episodes of flooding over the weekend.

Met Éireann has advised that the current threat of stormy weather from Wednesday onwards remains in place and the rainfall will serve to top up the already near capacity of many rivers and this still poses a major risk.

This risk remains heightened in slow-moving rivers and particularly the Shannon. The Barrow, Nore, Suir Slaney, Lee and Blackwater are also at very high levels and any additional rain can cause serious flooding.

The local authorities are continuing to monitor the position in relation to river levels generally. The ESB is also monitoring the levels on the rivers Liffey, Lee and Shannon and discharges are being managed in conjunction with local authorities

Meanwhile, Irish Farmers Association (IFA) president Eddie Downey visited farms along the River Shannon at the weekend to survey the damage caused by heavy rains and flooding in recent weeks.

He said the situation was critical for farmers along many of the main rivers with livestock, winter crops and some farm yards and family homes under threat from flood waters.

The IFA president said the recent storm and flood damage that has wreaked havoc on many coastal and river catchment areas must be fully assessed by Government, support given and works undertaken to assist those affected and to prevent a recurrence. “The support from the Minister for Agriculture Simon Coveney must be matched by action; I am calling on the minister to get Teagasc to carry out an immediate assessment of the damage to farm viability in the worst affected areas and to come forward with proposals to assist farm families affected.”

Pictured: The latest rainfall across Ireland from Met Eireann at 9am. 

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