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Limerick city: Houses, cars and school flooded

A number of the car parks in Carrick-on-Shannon in County Leitrim have been under water Image copyright RTÉ
Image caption A number of the car parks in Carrick-on-Shannon in County Leitrim have been under water

Houses, cars and a secondary school have been flooded in the Corbally area of Limerick city.

RTÉ reports that the main Corbally road was impassable after the water flowed over the canal banks.

Some houses in the Richmond Park area and the grounds of Ardscoil Mhuire secondary school were also flooded.

A number of cars parked in the school grounds were also partially submerged.

It is understood more than 100 homes are without power as a result of the flooding.

The flow of water from Parteen Weir was increased on Saturday with towns and villages along the lower Shannon expecting more possible flooding

The ESB said they had to increase the flow of water due to rising water coming from Lough Derg.

It said water levels in Lough Derg are being monitored, with regular assessments made of flows.

On Saturday evening, police and Dublin City Council appealed to residents living adjacent to the river Liffey between Chapelizod and Island Bridge to "remove all parked cars from underground car parks and low lying areas due to an expected rise in water levels along the river in the coming hours".

Police said that although "living quarters are not expected to be compromised, the expected rise in water levels may impact on underground car parks and other low lying areas".

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Image caption A snow covered flood sign in Carrick-on-Shannon on Saturday

Bandon in County Cork, remains on high alert, while the River Blackwater levels are expected to peak later.