(Photo by Brian Nolan)
As Storm Barra continues to track its way across Ireland, a Status Orange Warning remains in place in Galway until 06.00am Wednesday morning – with a Status Yellow remaining in place then until 6.00pm. This evening is set to see strong winds reach mean speeds of 80 km/h with severe or damaging gusts of 100 to 130 km/h, with localised stronger winds likely, and severe gusts on coasts.
High tide in Galway Bay this evening is at 7.25pm. Current forecasts for Galway City suggest that tides levels are expected to be slightly lower than those witnessed on Tuesday morning and therefore the main risks this evening will likely be related to wind damage rather than flooding.
Some trees may be compromised due to saturated soils at the moment, and with more rain forecast with Storm Barra some disruption due to falling trees/branches is likely. Heavy rain, coupled with falling leaves may block drains and gullies, leading to surface flooding. Galway City Council staff have been carrying out drainage maintenance across the city in advance of the storm to minimise potential flooding risks.
Following further meetings of the Inter-Agency Co-ordination group today, based on the latest information available, the precautionary measures outlined yesterday evening remain in place for this evening also. These are:
• Silverstrand Beach closed until further notice
• Ballyloughane Beach (Local Traffic only) closed until further notice
• Closure of Rosshill Road until 06.00am Wednesday morning
• Closure of Salthill Promenade, Blackrock to Grattan Road, from 6.00pm until 6.00am tomorrow morning.
There may be further closures throughout the city as required and the situation will be closely monitored and regular updates given. Motorists will experience delays as a result.
Car Park Closures:
· Car parks at Toft Car Park and Salthill Car Park remain closed
A flood barrier remains in place at Spanish Arch
Arrangements for Rough Sleepers: Galway City Council is working with emergency service providers to ensure that emergency accommodation is provided at locations including The Glenoaks, Fairgreen & Osterley Lodge. Contact 085 8009709 or 085 8009641. The COPE Galway Day Centre will remain open all day Wednesday from 8.30 a.m. to closing
Customer Services: Galway City Council Customer Services phone lines will is available to deal with emergency calls on (091) 536400
Business owners and homeowners are advised to check their own drains and secure any loose objects within their property in advance of the warning taking effect.
Galway City Council advises remaining indoors during the period of the Orange Warning and, as always, to avoid coastal areas. Parks and other wooded areas should also be avoided, due to the danger of falling trees. If absolutely essential to travel, please exercise extreme caution out & about especially on coastal roads and exposed shores.
Galway City Council staff will be on standby for clean-up following the passing of Storm Barra and the associated Orange warning once it has been deemed safe to do so. Please note the associated clean-up which will commence on Wednesday morning may impact on traffic.
Galway City Council and the Inter-Agency Co-ordination group will continue to monitor Storm Barra as it evolves and take all necessary precautions and provide further updates on its website www.galwaycity.ie and its social media platforms.