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Notification from ESB: Flow of water downstream from Parteen Weir to increase to 440 cumecs

ESB advises that the flow of water through Parteen Weir will increase to 440 (cubic metres per second) today Tuesday 29th December.

The situation will be reviewed again tomorrow but the flow of water is likely to increase in the coming days, given the high levels of forecasted rainfall in the Shannon catchment.

The levels in Lough Derg are likely to increase to 2009 levels in the coming days and, as a result, the flow through Parteen Weir may increase up to 2009 levels (up to 500 cumecs).

This level of water flow will have increased associated flooding to land and property in the vicinity of the Shannon downstream of Parteen Weir including the areas of Springfield, Montpelier, Castleconnell, Mountshannon (Annacotty) and the University of Limerick. Note that other areas between Parteen Weir and Limerick may also be vulnerable to flooding due to local issues.

ESB is continuing to monitor the situation and is liaising with the relevant County Councils.

Note: Following Storm Desmond, between Sunday 13 December and Wednesday 16 December, flow of water through Parteen Weir down the old River Shannon was at 440 cumecs.

View infographic on the River Shannon system.