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February Closes Out With the Mulkear In Flood

In much the same manner as the opening of the month, February 2014 has closed out with the Mulkear River and the wider Mulkear catchment in flood.

Flooding 28th Feb 2014 No 3 - mural

A river of chocolate brown water, from bank to bank (Image: Ruairí Ó Conchúir)

It was a case of bank to bank chocolate brown water as yet another very significant flood event passed through the system on the final day of the month.  This week’s flood event marks the tenth consecutive week of unseasonably high water levels in the Mulkear with a minimum of five major flood events during February 2014 alone.

Flooding 28th Feb 2014 No 5 - guage

OPW water gauge on the Mulkear River at Annacotty (Image: Ruairí Ó Conchúir)

The land is supersaturated and this has resulted in the land not being able to soak up the water from the intense rainfall events. The water table is extremely high resulting in springs emerging and surfacing in multiple places.

Flooding 28th Feb 2014 No 3 - keg

The floods have brought down some interesting material  (Image: Ruairí Ó Conchúir)

Regrettably, mature trees have continued to fall along riverbanks and into rivers throughout the catchment. Given the nature of the supersaturated soil it is likely that this will continue to be the case for a considerable period of time even in the absence of gale force winds.

Mature trees have continued to fall  throughout the catchment (Image: Ruairí Ó Conchúir)

Trees have continued to fall throughout the catchment (Image: Ruairí Ó Conchúir)

 

 

Flooding 28th Feb 2014 No 11 - trees down

As trees fall they impact upon and damage other trees  (Image: Ruairí Ó Conchúir)

 

Mature trees have continued to fall throughout the catchment (Image: Ruairí Ó Conchúir)

Trees have continued to fall throughout the catchment (Image: Ruairí Ó Conchúir)

As February 2014 closes out it is still unclear when water levels will begin to fall  to near normal levels in the Mulkear Catchment.

Flooding 28th Feb 2014 No 13 - mulkear river annacotty

Full extent of flooding on the Mulkear River at Annacotty today (Image: RÓC)

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