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The 2009 Flood

Posted by Alun Goodall 
The 2009 Flood
18 November, 2009 22:34
Folks, this one has all the hallmarks needed to be a record breaker.
Conditions are right (depending on how you look at it) since we've just
had around 31 days rain, albeit with the odd dry day, no ground water
storage potential, and tomorrow we're going to get between 50 and 100mm
of rain. Everywhere in the western side of Ireland anyway. So, if you're
in the water, take all necessary precautions, bear in mind that water
levels everywhere will rise by a couple of feet, fixed jetties might
suddenly be under water thus making access difficult if not dangerous,
floating jetties will have a strong current pull on them. Wind will also
be a feature of tomorrow, not wild strong, but certainly enough to
ruffle your hair. Those of us who have some of course. Somewhat of a
respite on Friday, but the repeat show is on Saturday. No seeming let up
after that either until the first week in December, when its going to
snow. Alun
Re: The 2009 Flood
19 November, 2009 15:53
Floods at almost the upper limit on L Erne

Bellanaleck public jetty & car park UNDER water


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RE: Re: The 2009 Flood
20 November, 2009 00:02
Well, the days nearly out and it was close to what was expected. The
flood today (Thursday) is possibly breaking all kinds of records, but
the new ones today will be smashed again on Saturday/Sunday. Take care,
fast flowing water is very, very dangerous, Alun
Re: Re: The 2009 Flood
20 November, 2009 13:11
In the year 2009, the Lord came unto Noah, who was now living in
Australia and said, "Once again, the earth has become wicked and
over-populated, and I see the end of all flesh before me.

You need to build another Ark and have 2 of every living thing along
with a few good humans.

You have 6 months to build the Ark before I start the unending rain for
40 days and 40 nights".

Six months later, the Lord looked down and saw Noah weeping in his yard
- but no Ark.

"Noah!" He roared, "I'm about to start the rain! Where is the Ark?

"Forgive me, Lord," begged Noah, "but things have changed. I needed a
building permit. I've been arguing with the inspector about the need for
a sprinkler system. My neighbours claim that I've violated the
neighbourhood zoning laws by building the Ark in my yard and exceeding
the height limitations. We had to go to the Development Appeal Board for
a decision.

Then the Department of Transportation demanded a bond be posted for the
future costs of moving power lines and other overhead obstructions, to
clear the passage for the Ark's move to the sea. I told them that the
sea would be coming to us, but they wouldn't listen.

Then I had problems getting the wood. There's a ban on cutting local
trees in order to save an endangered species of bandicoot. I tried to
convince the environmentalists that I needed the wood to save the
bandicoots but no go!

When I started gathering the animals, an animal rights group sued me for
confining wild animals against their will. They said it was cruel and
inhumane to put so many animals in a confined space.

Then the local council ruled that I couldn't build the Ark until they'd
conducted an Environmental impact study on your proposed flood.

I'm still trying to resolve a complaint with the Human Rights Commission
on how many indigenous people I'm supposed to hire for my building crew.

The Immigration department is checking the status of most of the people
who want to work and I've even had a letter from Amanda Vanstone asking
about my ethnic background!

The trades unions say I can't use my sons. They insist I have to hire
only Union workers with Ark-building experience.

To make matters worse, the Taxation department has seized all my assets,
claiming I'm trying to leave the country illegally with endangered
species.

So, forgive me, Lord, but it would take at least 10 years for me to
finish this Ark.

Suddenly the skies cleared, the sun began to shine, and a rainbow
stretched across the sky.

Noah looked up in wonder and asked, "You mean you're not going to
destroy the world?"

"No," said the Lord. "The Government beat me to it."
Re: Re: The 2009 Flood
20 November, 2009 13:40
Like the wife saying, as her husband sinks into the quicksand ... "I've
seen quicker, dear".

I've seen higher !. About 1964-5, when we arrived back at 4AM after a
very bumpy 707 flight from London, and a much detoured drive from Dublin
due to fallen trees, to find our path under a foot of water, and our
gangway floating.

S.

p.s. Is StBrigid sitting on the bottom again ?
Re: Re: The 2009 Flood
20 November, 2009 14:03
Shane wrote.....

> p.s. Is StBrigid sitting on the bottom again ?

Colin>>>>Yes, I gather she has been down all summer

Colin>>>>My spies in Killaloe tell me the canal wall is now a weir. Water
is overtopping the canal and flowing into the river. Several boats are
trying to climb onto the wall. The jetties in Derg Marina will probabaly be
under water by this evening. A number of boats have pulled out the cleats
on the jetties.
The floating jetties in Kincora are up against the stops on the piles and
are bending up.

Colin>>>>Check those lines folks !

Colin
bgw
Re: Re: The 2009 Flood
20 November, 2009 15:18
colin_becker1 Wrote:
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> The jetties in
> Derg Marina will probabaly be
> under water by this evening. A number of boats
> have pulled out the cleats
> on the jetties.

Given the state of repair at Derg Marina I suspect a few of the boats are holding up the jetties! smiling bouncing smiley
Re: The 2009 Flood
20 November, 2009 18:16
Pics from today L Erne


Carrybridge









The Moorings Bellanleck









Bellanaleck public carpark, slipway, jetty & Erne Marine














Re: Re: The 2009 Flood
20 November, 2009 18:38
So situation normal then. Fermanagh has returned to its natural home - in
Lough Erne !

Colin
Re: Re: The 2009 Flood
20 November, 2009 18:51
colin_becker1 Wrote:
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> So situation normal then. Fermanagh has returned
> to its natural home - in
> Lough Erne !
>
> Colin


Hi Colin, no it well below......smileys with beer

Austin

Pas Vite
RE: Re: The 2009 Flood
20 November, 2009 21:48
There was a big rise in the level overnight in Dromineer. The jetties are flooded in the public harbour but there are only two boats on the main pier. The boats on the floating jetties all seem ok.
Re: Re: The 2009 Flood
20 November, 2009 23:34
colin_becker1 Wrote:
-------------------------------------------------------
> So situation normal then. Fermanagh has returned
> to its natural home - in
> Lough Erne !
>
> Colin


Well, as the poor auld Mother used to say........

"For 3mths of the year Lough Erne is in Co Fermanagh and for the other 9Mths of the year, Co Fermanagh is in Lough Erne...."

Rgds
Richard Ellis


Virginia Lady
RE: Re: Re: The 2009 Flood
21 November, 2009 17:31
Its gone up by another six inches in Dromineer. The current level is higher than the previous high level in 1990 which I marked on the wall at the Nenagh Boat Club.

There is only one boat on the pier wall now and the water is up on the grass around the harbour.
Re: Re: Re: The 2009 Flood
21 November, 2009 18:05
This whole thing sounds like /serious/ trouble!
If it gets much higher, I'll be able to come up west of the Island
rather than be limited by Baals Bridge in Limerick.
Pity Google-Earth isn't up-to-date.

S.
Re: RE: Re: Re: The 2009 Flood
21 November, 2009 23:49
badoir1 Wrote:
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> Its gone up by another six inches in Dromineer.
> The current level is higher than the previous high
> level in 1990 which I marked on the wall at the
> Nenagh Boat Club.
>
> There is only one boat on the pier wall now and
> the water is up on the grass around the harbour.


Well if its gone up that much in Killaloe also, then I will bet that some owners who left boats on the inside of the canal will will be finding them on the "outside " of the wall, if lucky.......

Planning to be around the area (with camera) 2morrow, will post anything of interest.

Rgds
Richard Ellis


Virginia Lady
Re: The 2009 Flood
22 November, 2009 15:00
The scene in Banagher on Friday.

(Photos deleted after complaints from non broadband types...sorry. If you have broadband they may be viewed here)

Peter.



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 22/11/2009 16:27 by cpj21.
Re: The 2009 Flood
22 November, 2009 22:59
Hi All,

I took a spin to Tarmonbarry to check on things today, the river is very high here too.
Frantic sandbagging was being carried out for the riverside development beside the lock.
Most door ways are still about 4 -5 inches from the current water level. The level just below the lock is easily 7 ft over normal summer levels.
here a a few pictures I took today.
the last two are from the Camlin river













Best Regards
Ciaran.
Re: The 2009 Flood
23 November, 2009 00:40
The following photo is of Pollboy lock on the Suck en-route to Ballinasloe. You can see why WI had to close the navigation!
Photo was sent in by Lori Conneally.

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Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 23/11/2009 19:05 by Michael Slevin.
Re: The 2009 Flood
23 November, 2009 11:58
Does anybody know how Dromod is fairing? How is the Waterfront Marina and Shannon Cove? Anybody got photos of Dromod/Rooskey?
RE: Re: The 2009 Flood
23 November, 2009 12:24
Ditto for Lough Key, The Moorings, Knockvicar, Cootehall ?

Cathal
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