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Limerick Lashed by Storm: Floods and Damage Across the Region

Limerick, renowned for its poetic charm, was lashed by a ferocious storm over the past weekend, leaving a trail of floods and damage across the region. The tempest, which struck with unrelenting force, wreaked havoc on both urban and rural areas, disrupting lives and causing significant destruction to property.

The onslaught of the storm was evident in the western gales that drove the tide to alarming heights, particularly affecting the lower portions of numerous houses along the Abbey River, a tributary of the Shannon. Reports indicate that part of the roofs of many homes were stripped off, while numerous trees were uprooted, adding to the chaos.

Tragically, amidst the chaos, a woman named Madden suffered injuries after being knocked down near the railway terminus, resulting in a broken arm. Pedestrians in Limerick narrowly escaped injury as falling slates posed a constant threat, highlighting the severity of the situation.

The aftermath of the storm revealed the extent of the damage, with floods spreading across the West Limerick district and transforming the lower Shannon region into a vast expanse of water. The scenes resembled those of a lake, painting a grim picture of the aftermath of nature’s fury.

Further afield, in the Glen district, the impact of the storm was equally devastating. Glin, a community accustomed to the whims of the Shannon, found itself battered once again by the relentless winds and torrential rain. Houses bore the brunt of the storm, with roofs damaged and property destroyed as slates, bricks, and tiles were swept away by the ferocious winds. Trees succumbed to the force of the storm, adding to the chaos and destruction.

The Lower Shannon district, no stranger to severe weather events, experienced a gale of unprecedented magnitude, reminiscent of the great storm of February 26th, 2003. From early morning until late afternoon, the wind howled with fearful velocity, reaching hurricane force at times, leaving residents grappling with its relentless power.

The impact of the storm was not limited to property damage. Transportation infrastructure suffered significant disruptions, with all traffic on the Shannon suspended due to high seas. Delayed mail services further compounded the challenges faced by residents, highlighting the far-reaching consequences of the natural disaster.

Despite the adversity, the resilience of the community shone through as residents rallied together to face the challenges posed by the storm. Attendance at local events, such as church services, remained steadfast, demonstrating the spirit of solidarity and unity in the face of adversity.

As the region begins the daunting task of recovery and rebuilding, attention turns to measures aimed at mitigating the impact of future storms. With memories of this recent tempest still fresh, efforts to bolster infrastructure and enhance preparedness are likely to take precedence, ensuring that Limerick and its surrounding areas are better equipped to weather the storms that lie ahead.

Freeman’s Journal – Monday 03 January 1916