Flood prevention measures have been deployed across the city as Galway awaits the arrival of the highest tides it has seen in over 18 years this weekend.
Serious flooding is expected from Sunday 27 September if, along with the predicted tides, there is inclement weather and high winds.
The aquadam has been deployed at the Spanish Arch in advance of the onslaught. Tides of over 20 feet are expected. Galway City Council will put up signs at Toft Carpark and at Salthill main carpark in advance, warning motorists of the dangers that are expected from this Sunday. Preparations for the high tides began well in advance as Galway City Council officials had meetings with emergency services and will be meeting with them again to discuss further measures required to protect homes and businesses in the city.
Galway City Chief Executive, Brendan McGrath said, “The highest tides expected will create a serious risk of some flooding in the Spanish Arch area even in the absence of strong winds and adverse climatic conditions. The council will put in place flood defence measures at Fishmarket and Spanish Arch and there will be no public events in this area for the duration.”