Storm Desmond

Storm Desmond deposited over 100mm of rain on us in about 36 hours, about the same amount of rain we’d usually have in the whole month of December.

River Gweestion in flood

River Gweestion in flood

The river, which lies a couple of miles from our house, usually flows between the two rows of trees.

This is usually a field!

The road was impassible for about 24 hours till the flood waters went down a little. I’ve never seen it closed before.

With climate change we can only expect more of these events.

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32 thoughts on “Storm Desmond

    1. Murtagh's Meadow Post author

      I’ve been reading that the UK has been badly affected too. It must be devastating to loose the contents of your home to flood-water; and even if you can return to your home the fear that it could happen again must be terrible.

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    1. Murtagh's Meadow Post author

      Some parts of the country are still at risk but thankfully, despite more rain, the flood waters locally have receded.

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  1. Julie

    I am sorry to see your photographs, we have been following events on the radio and TV, climate change is very real and these events will only happen more often. Our hearts go out to the folk who have had homes, businesses and lives badly disrupted and changed.

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    1. Murtagh's Meadow Post author

      It must be heart-breaking for them and it will keep happening as for us in Western Europe extreme rainfalll events are on the climate change prediction models

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    1. Murtagh's Meadow Post author

      Thank you Lena – I must get a proper photo of the bridge as it is a lovely old stone bridge and these photos here don’t really do it justice:)

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  2. aranislandgirl

    Oh my that’s lots of rain. And winter has only begun. Shocking that these occurrences are happening so often and in so many different parts of the world and the leaders have not woke up and taken drastic measures. Think of California in the midst of a four year drought, forest fires consuming acres and acres. A sad reality that it is no longer ‘in the future’ we are talking about, it is right now!

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      1. aranislandgirl

        We have plenty of flooded fields but no real damage. Not as severe as some areas on the mainland.

        It is so mild out tonight it nearly feels like a late summer’s eve, albeit, I did have on a winter jacket. But the lack of strong breeze and mild temp really feels off for this time of year.

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  3. nexi

    Glad you avoided the worst of this – the Cumbria floods have been appalling. Areas around Oxford can get very sodden but we have bypassed it this time round – the weather was windy but is still very mild.

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  4. aj vosse

    I’m not liking the floods… I’m liking your great photos. Seems there may be more on the way!! Were you cut off at all? I hope you didn’t suffer any loss or hardship!!

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    1. Murtagh's Meadow Post author

      Thank you – know we are lucky enough – not too close to the river, though couple of roads were flooded we could get around. I wouldn’t want to be living along the Shannon today

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      1. aj vosse

        No… not even on a boat or barge!! Someone told me how scary it was on their barge during the last flood. They had to get to to Cloondera and into the Royal Canal for a prearranged appointment with the boat. Hairy, he said!

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  5. Jane

    Quite dreadful. BBC News featured a householder flooded a second time. She was in tears and could hardly speak – if that doesn’t bring it home to the politicians, then I don’t know what will. I wonder if any politicians live in areas now flooded….

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    1. Murtagh's Meadow Post author

      Many homes and businesses who got flooded aren’t able to get insurance now. It must be horrible situation to be in.

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  6. Melissa Shaw-Smith

    As I flew out of Shannon on Sunday morning I had a chance to see the extent of the flooding from the air–farmhouses stranded in lakes of water! I drove through many flooded areas on the back roads of country Mayo. At one point there was a spring coming out of the middle of the road, and as my tiny rental car began to splutter I thought I was done for. I saw the sun rise for the first time in over a week from the air as I departed. Poor old Ireland–what’s in store for her?

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    1. Murtagh's Meadow Post author

      Sounds like a dramatic journey Melissa, though amazing to see the flooding from the air. Today they are worried about much of the areas between Athlone and Limerick along the Shannon. It’s been raining most of the day. Time to start building an ark I think! Hope you had good trip home despite the weather:)

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