Galway City Council is undertaking a number of flood defence measures today in anticipation of Storm Brendan coming on Monday.
A Status Orange Weather warning has been issued for Galway by Met Eireann covering 7am to midnight on Monday as Storm Brendan is expect to bring heavy winds and flooding.
Sustained winds of 65-80km/hr hour and gusts of 110-130km/hr are expected, with a strong risk of flooding.
Two Status Orange weather warnings have been issued by Met Eireann covering much of the south and west of Ireland, while the remainder of the country is under a status yellow warning.
The city council’s weather response team met this weekend to gauge the risks to the city and what the appropriate response should be.
Storm force winds gusting up to 130km/hr and a high spring tide are expected to cause overtopping down at Salthill and possible coastal flooding.
The council is reinforcing the flood barrier down at the Fishmarket and Spanish Arch, and are closing roads and car parks from today in anticipation of the storm.
Salthill Promenade will close from 7pm this evening between Seapoint and Grattan Road, while the car-parks at Toft Park and along the Prom will close from 2pm on Sunday.
The council’s weather response team will continue to monitor the situation and will put further measures in place as necessary on Sunday and throughout Monday.