Sligo County Council is warning of severe coastal flooding from tomorrow morning.
The Council says that the combination of a very high tide, a storm surge combined with onshore winds are all forecast to happen at the same time.
Some roads such as the Mardyke and Quay Street carpark in Sligo town are likely to be closed around high tide tomorrow morning between 5am and 8am and again tomorrow evening around high tide at quarter to six.
But the events will not be confined to just Sligo but the whole of the Donegal Bay area and indeed all along the west coast.
Gary Salter, Senior Executive Engineer at Sligo County Council says people in coastal areas need to take precautions to ensure they and their property are safe:
Statement from Sligo County Council:
URGENT NOTICE FROM SLIGO COUNTY COUNCIL
HIGH RISK OF FLOODING IN COASTAL AND LOW LYING AREAS
The combination of high tides, storm surge and heavy rainfall could lead to flooding in coastal areas around County Sligo. High tides are due at 6.15am and 5.45pm tomorrow, Wednesday when risk of flooding will be greatest.
Householders and property owners in vulnerable areas are asked to take all necessary precautions. Motorists should not leave cars in low-lying or coastal car parks, including lower Quay St, Car Park beside the shore in Strandhill, and public car-park at Enniscrone cliffs.
Depending on the level of flooding, roads may be closed at short notice and diversions will be put in place. Members of the public should report instances of flooding to one of the following emergency numbers:
- Sligo Urban Area 087 2600111
- Sligo County Area 086 8569416
Sligo County Council
2nd January 2018