It has been an extremely wet start to 2014. Winter storms have raged for days and ravaged coastal communities. The combination of high tides, gale force winds and massive seas have wreaked havoc in coastal areas, especially in counties Clare, Galway and Kerry.
Storm waves crash into Lahinch, Co. Clare, January 2014 (Image: Ruairí Ó Conchúir)
Thankfully, the stormy conditions have not been so severe in the Mulkear catchment. The last two days of 2013 saw massive floods throughout the Mulkear system. This flooding, which was accompanied by stormy weather and strong winds, has eased to some extent, in the first 6 days of the New Year.
Winter sun on the Mulkear River at Annacotty Weir, Jan 2014 (Image: Ruairí Ó Conchúir)
With widespread storm damage caused in coastal communities throughout Ireland in the first days of 2014 it was inevitable that the storms would bring down trees in the Mulkear catchment also.
Elevated water levels on the Mulkear River, Jan 2014 (Image: Ruairí Ó Conchúir)
This is the case and large mature trees have fallen into rivers from along river banks throughout the Mulkear catchment. These have collected at various bridges and will either move on their own accord over the next number of weeks or will be removed.
Fallen trees and debris accumulates at Annacotty Bridge (Image: Ruairí Ó Conchúir)
As we enter into the New Year, MulkearLIFE looks forward to calmer weather and normal water levels in 2014.