Kerry County Council has activated its Severe Weather Plan as a Met Éireann Status Orange Alert remains in place for the county until midnight on Saturday.
Senior Executive Officer, Ger O’Brien, says staff and crew have been calling to people in high risk areas which were affected by flooding last weekend, delivering sandbags and offering assistance. The Status Orange weather warning comes into effect for Kerry at midnight tonight. Prolonged falls of very heavy rain are expected overnight tonight and during tomorrow, with totals of up to 50mm or more expected on higher ground. The highest tide of the current cycle is expected on Sunday morning at half past five, but there will be Spring tides all weekend. Saturday night into Sunday morning is the most risky time in Tralee, especially in low lying areas on Princes Quay, Blennerville and the lower River Lee basin.
Mr O’Brien says if anyone experiences difficulty with flooding an emergency helpline has been put in place and can be contacted at 066-7183588. All other calls should go to normal emergency service numbers.
Meanwhile, Senator Mark Daly has called for the army to be deployed to Kerry during the weather warning to assist with ambulance callouts and flood defences.