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Flooding hits Galway City

A clean-up operation is underway after several areas of the city were hit by extensive flooding following high tide this morning (Saturday).

Saturday, 1 February 2014
12:22 PM GMT

A clean-up operation is underway after several areas of the city were hit by extensive flooding following high tide this morning (Saturday). A flood alert regarding high tides and subsequent flooding remains in place through Saturday and Sunday with high tide at 6.15pm on Saturday evening and on Sunday at 6.32am and 7pm.

The council has advised The Promenade in Salthill from Blackrock to Seapoint will be closed to traffic from 5pm and will re-open after the Sunday morning high-tide ebbs at around 9am.

Seapoint Promenade from Seapoint to Grattan Road is closed to traffic and will remain closed until after high tide on Monday morning.

Roads around the Docks/Flood Street/Spanish Parade/Wolfe Tone Bridge area have re-opened following earlier flooding but will be closed around high tide on Saturday from 5pm to 6pm and again on Sunday morning from 6am to 9am. The road to Silver Strand on the west of the city is flooded and will remain closed until further notice. Other roads may have to be closed as need arises and motorists are asked to follow directions away from affected areas by staff on the ground.

Earlier flooding in the Claddagh area, along Fr. Griffin Road, Raven's Terrace, Dominick Street and Munster Avenue has now eased and streets are clear and open again. The flooding in some parts of these areas was unprecedented with local residents commenting that they had no memory of it previously occurring.

Some premises in Quay Street and Quay Lane experienced flooding which requires the cleaning out of premises while other business premises in Salthill which experienced flooding last month were hit again.

Lower Salthill, Leisureland and Quincentennial Park in Salthill remained clear but the public car-parks at Toft Park and in front of Bailey Point were flooded again. City Council advises against parking in these carparks for the moment.

A council spokesperson said Galway City Council has had a Flood Emergency Mangement Team in place in City Hall and City Council crews were out on the streets from 4am on Saturday morning. "Support was provided to City Council by 30 members of Civil Defence and the City Manager has passed on his thanks to them. The Flood Emergency Management Team will continue to liaise with An Garda Siochána, Galway County & City Fire & Rescue, Civil Defence and the HSE while the alerts stay in place."

Leisureland pool and gym remain closed but an Irish dancing event due to be held this weekend at the venue is going ahead.

Galway City Council staff will continue to be on standby to deal with issues over the weekend. The public is advised to exercise caution on exposed coasts and to follow directions or warnings issued on the ground," said the council spokesperson.

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