THE NATIONAL EMERGENCY CO-ORDINATION TO MEET AT 3PM TODAY TO DISCUSS STORM CALLUM
The National Emergency Co-ordination will meet at 3pm to discuss Storm Callum.
Meanwhile, the Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government has said the severe weather team has been meeting to co-ordinate a response on Storm Callum.
The team have been meeting over the last couple of days, which a department spokesperson said is routine in these circumstances.
Galway City Council is installing a portable dam at Spanish Arch and flood gates at various points in Salthill, ahead of the arrival of Storm Callum.
The council's Acting Director of Services Gary McMahon said a number of sand bags would also be made available at a number of strategic points in the city centre today so they can be deployed to protect premises.
Speaking on RTÉ’s Morning Ireland, Mr McMahon said: "We have a portable dam that goes in between the Spanish Arch and Wolfe Tone Bridge and that's being put in place later this morning.
"We have installed flood gates at various points in Salthill. Later today in the late morning/early afternoon, we will be making sand bags available at a couple of strategic points in the city centre."
Mr McMahon said that a weather assessment team has been tracking the storm this week.
The most crucial time, he said, would be tomorrow morning when high tides combine with a predicted storm surge.