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Anne Marie Mulhall picks up the pieces at her home on Nutgrove Avenue in Rathfarnham, Dublin after a night of heavy rain which flooded her house for the second time in three years. The water began streaming into the house at 4am. She has been told that her insurance will not cover the flood damage again and that no sand bags will be provided to her ahead of the forcasted continued heavy rains. Photo Mark Stedman/Photocall Ireland

Anne Marie Mulhall picks up the pieces at her home on Nutgrove Avenue in Rathfarnham, Dublin after a night of heavy rain which flooded her house for the second time in three years. The water began streaming into the house at 4am. She has been told that her insurance will not cover the flood damage again and that no sand bags will be provided to her ahead of the forcasted continued heavy rains. Photo Mark Stedman/Photocall Ireland

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Action to prevent further serious flooding throughout Dublin has been demanded by concerned councillors.

Flooding yesterday caused gridlock on roads, delayed trains and buses and prompted rescue missions by Dublin Fire Brigade to help motorists trapped in their cars by floodwaters on both sides of the city.

Fire crews rescued the occupants of four swamped cars in Chapel Road in Kinsealy.

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"People are very annoyed," said Fingal independent councillor David O'Connor. "I ended up pushing 12 cars stuck in floods in Ballyboughal village.

"More funds are needed from the Government to improve the drainage infrastructure.

"Floods are always worse at this time of the year because of leaves in drains, but I've never seen flooding like it.

"All the drains were working but they just couldn't cope with the amount of water.

"I'm calling for an emergency meeting of Fingal councillors to look for very quick repairs and alterations to the system."

A Fingal Council spokeswoman issued a robust defence of council measures to counteract flooding.

"Fingal Council was very proactive in ensuring all gulleys and drains were cleared beforehand by having extra street sweepers," she said.

"But the sheer amount of rainfall was just bananas. The drains were absolutely inundated with water. Closing roads in some cases was our only option. We constantly advise people not to drive in floods."

Action was also demanded to prevent further flooding in Rathfarnham after large sections of the busy Nutgrove Avenue were swamped.

Councillor Shay Brennan said it was "absolutely vital" that all drains and gulleys are kept clear by Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council, and added that he would seek action at the forthcoming meeting of the council's Dundrum area committee.

South Dublin County Council and Dublin City Council are also facing calls for action.

Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown said it mobilised available crews following a Met Eireann warning.

A Dublin Fire Brigade spokesman said crews went to flooded locations around Dublin early yesterday and on Thursday night. They also despatched crews to 56 locations in Meath and Louth.

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