Water is the key issue in the coming water emergency as a combination of strong winds and a severe downpour have caused flooding and mudslides in the North and West.
Source: AP/Press Association Ireland The Irish Mail reports: Irish Mail’s Tom Byrne reports: The weather is not helping, according to the Irish Weather Bureau, with gusts up to 35km/h (19 miles/hour) across the country on Monday.
Source the Irish Times article The Irish Weather Office (IWO) said heavy rain was expected across the south and west of Ireland on Monday, with winds of up to 25km/hr (15 miles/h) expected to blow over the country.
This would see severe mudslide conditions.
However, in the South and West, rainfall is expected to be light, and this could lead to more severe conditions.
Water levels are expected to rise by 10-15 cm in some parts of the country and could flood roads and roads could be affected.
The IWO said the heavy rain could be “more severe than some of the earlier rainstorms” in recent years.
But the IWG has warned that water levels could rise by 20cm or more across parts of Ireland.
Water could also flow through the city of Dublin to other parts of southern and central Ireland, the IWW said.
Water is also expected to flood parts of Northern Ireland, with some communities already facing the threat of a “potentially catastrophic” flood.
Irish Water said on Sunday that it was taking measures to protect its properties from the flood waters.
The Irish Government said that water should be pumped out of properties on the banks of the River Shannon, but this was not being done as it was “unlikely” the water would be contained.
“We do not yet have a firm understanding of the water levels,” a spokesperson said.
However it added that “our emergency planning is very thorough”.
Irish Water has been criticised by the Irish Government for its “shoddy” response to the recent flooding, with the IWA warning that it will need to “take more time” to assess the damage caused by the recent storms.
The flooding has left hundreds of thousands of people without power, with thousands of homes in Dublin being flooded, and a number of hospitals and schools also closed.
More than 10,000 people are expected in the city centre, according the IWF.
“The Irish Government has failed in its duty to protect Irish people from the devastating flooding of recent weeks,” the IAWO said.
“They have not been adequately prepared for the impact of flooding on our city centre and we will continue to hold the Government to account.”
The Irish Independent reports that the Irish Flood Action Group (IFAG) has called on the Government “to urgently review the actions of Irish Water and ensure that it has the necessary resources to address the water emergency”.
“If the Government is not prepared to meet its responsibility to respond to the water crisis, then the IFAG calls for a comprehensive review of the Government’s emergency planning and emergency response strategy,” it said.