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Dramatic video emerge of waves pounding the road in Mayo logo 12/10/2018 Galen English
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Dramatic images have emerged of waves pounding the Belmullet-Blacksod road as Storm Callum caused havoc on the west coast.

The combination of high tides and powerful winds put much of the west of the country on flood alert.

The Irish coast Guard had urged members of the public to stay away from exposed beaches, cliffs and piers, harbour walls and promenades along the coast.

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Fortunately high tide passed in Galway city without any major incident after fears that a 5.2 metre tide, combined with strong onshore winds, could lead to flooding.

But a temporary “aquadam” along the banks of the Corrib contained the river, with just some spot flooding close to the Spanish Arch.

Grattan Road in Salthill is closed between Mutton Island and The Promenade, which is also closed from there to Blackrock.

Business leaders  the winter months means Galway City Council has to progress with plans for more permanent flood defences as soon as possible. 

Elsewhere, in Limerick city, flood defences are in place at O’Callaghan and Clancy’s Strands, and along all quays in the city.


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In the county, flood protection measures are in place in Foynes and Askeaton.


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