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New flood warning issued as city waits for more high tides

Francis Farragher

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WITH some of the highest tides of the year set to hit the city’s coastline this coming weekend, the City Council have urged householders and businesses in vulnerable areas to be on flood alert.

The high risk period – following Thursday’s New Moon – is from Friday morning through to Monday morning, with tide heights of almost 5.7 metres predicted.

A spokesman for Galway City Council said that such high tides would invariably lead to some overtopping but the extent of any flooding would depend on weather conditions over the weekend.

“If we do get the combination of stormy winds and very low pressure then there could be serious flooding issues. We are asking people to be on full alert and to closely monitor weather forecasts over the next few days,” said the spokesman.

He said that the City Council would have crews on standby while he also urged people in vulnerable areas such as Flood Street, Fishmarket Square, Quay Lane and The Prom to keep closely in touch with the City Council’s website and to keep tuned in to local radio and media outlets.

“We will have crews on standby to deal with any situation that arises. We would ask everyone to err on the side of caution as we approach the weekend and to be aware of the possible flood risk,” said the City Council spokesman.

He added that despite the very raw and harsh conditions over the weekend, only very minor incidences of damage were reported. “It was an unpleasant weather weekend but at least no damage was done,” said the City Council spokesman.

The high risk times over the weekend are: Friday morning, 5.06, tide height of 5.6 metres; Friday evening, 5.32, 5.4m; Saturday morning, 5.50, 5.7m; Saturday evening, 6.16, 5.4m; Sunday morning, 6.35, 5.6m and Sunday evening, 7.0, 5.3m. (Source: Irish Sailing Association).

While low pressure will be the dominant weather pattern over the weekend, the main forecasters were (on Monday evening) predicting that we would avoid any ‘very strong winds’ over the Friday to Monday period, with ‘the low’ tracking well to the north of Ireland over the weekend.

However those in vulnerable flood areas have been urged to carefully monitor weather forecasts over the mid-week period when a clearer picture of the weekend conditions should be emerging.

Last week, Fianna Fáil leader, Micheál Martin, on a two visit to the city, said that he would be keeping up the pressure on the Government to deliver a flood relief package for the Salthill area.

 He accused the Government of abandoning their responsibilities to the local community following the worse storm to hit Salthill in decades. The Fianna Fáil leader inspected the storm damage, accompanied by local FF councillor, Peter Keane.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Sentinel. 

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Connacht Tribune tributes to loved ones

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These past few months have seen so many communities left to silently mourn family members and friends, whose funerals they would have attended in such numbers, were it not for the current Covid-19 restrictions.

But those that are gone have not been, and will not be, forgotten – which is why we want to open the pages of the Connacht Tribune to you to tell their stories.

If you’ve lost a loved one, whether to Covid-19 or not, or if your community or organization or sports club is mourning the death of a valued member and friend, you can email us your tribute and we will publish it in our papers.

CONNACHT TRIBUNE OBITUARY TRIBUTE

All you have to do it to click on the above link, and it will take you to a short set of questions which you can fill in – and then add whatever you feel tells the story of the life of your friend, family member or colleague.

You can email that with a photograph to us, to news@ctribune.ie or you can post it to ‘Obituaries’, Connacht Tribune, 21 Liosban Business Park – and please enclose a contact number in case we have any queries.

We sympathise with anyone who has lost a loved one at this awful time, particularly given that so many people were unable to mourn with them and their family in person – and we hope that this will help in some small way to show those family members that we are all united in grief, even from a distance.

This is an additional feature we are providing alongside our long-established weekly Family Notices section where loved ones are remembered immediately by Months Mind Notices and annual anniversary remembrances.  You can contact our team for further details at salesadmin@ctribune.ie

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WATCH: The Olivers to the rescue … again!

Enda Cunningham

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Father and son rescue team Patrick and Morgan Oliver were back in action in Salthill this morning, when they helped a swimmer who got into difficulty.

A member of the public raised the alarm at around 10.30am and the Coastguard sought the assistance of Galway Lifeboat who launched from Galway Docks.

Two members of the lifeboat shore crew made their way to the promenade to assist in the rescue.

Patrick and Morgan Oliver were fishing off Salthill at the time and spotted the man taking refuge on Palmers Rock about 200 metres from Salthill shore. They took him on board their fishing boat and brought him back to Galway Docks. Galway Lifeboat in the meantime was stood down. 

The man was taken into the Lifeboat station where he received treatment for symptoms of hypothermia until an ambulance arrived.

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Assurances given on progress of road, bridge and bus projects

Francis Farragher

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From this week’s Galway City Tribune – It will take time and a lot of money, but the city’s network of major transport projects will proceed on schedule – that was the assurance given this week to councillors by City Council Chief Executive, Brendan McGrath.

Councillors had expressed concerns at their meeting on Monday about the slow rate of progress being made with major capital projects including two new pedestrian bridges over the River Corrib.

However, Brendan McGrath told the meeting that the timelines for the range of capital transport projects – while challenging – were reasonable, pragmatic and achievable.

“All of the projects are moving forward but we must adhere to all the procedures and the different stages that have to be complied with: we have no choice in that,” said Brendan McGrath.

Senior City Council Engineer, Uinsinn Finn, in reply to a number of queries about potential new bus routes, said that while the Council worked closely with Bus Éireann and the bus companies, the local authority didn’t decide on the routes.

Earlier in the meeting, Cllr Peter Keane (FF), asked ‘how it could take 63 months’ to deliver a pedestrian/cycle bridge over the Corrib even though the piers (old Corrib Railway Line) were already in place for the project.

“How can it take over five years to put a bridge like this over the Corrib,” he asked, after hearing that this €11 million Greenways-linked project would not be completed until 2026.

There is a snappier timescale for the Salmon Weir Pedestrian/Cycle Bridge – to be located adjacent to the existing structure on the southern side – with planning consent expected by next Summer and a completion date set for the end of 2022.
This is a shortened preview version of this article. To read the rest of the story, see this week’s Galway City Tribune. You can buy a digital edition HERE.

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