Sunday 17 December 2017

Roads in chaos as heavy rains wreak havoc

TORRENTIAL rain and heavy localised flooding caused major problems for motorists across the country yesterday.

Towns and villages in Cork, Tipperary, Laois, Kildare, Wexford, Wicklow, Carlow, Meath and Dublin were under water which made driving conditions extremely dangerous.

The AA warned motorists to take care over the coming days as Met Eireann warned that more heavy rain would fall tomorrow, and that the forecast for the week ahead was for unsettled weather.

Some localised flooding may occur, forecaster Joan Blackburn said. "It was a very wet Friday and while Saturday will be mostly bright and dry, there may be some showers on the coast. It will be cool enough on Sunday and wet later in the week. Rainfall will be building but we've had relatively dry weather in recent weeks. There could be minor flooding."

Gardai last night reported large volumes of surface water in pockets around the country. All major roads, including the Dublin, Navan and Longwood roads leading in and out of Trim, Co Meath, had lots of surface water but were still passable.

Roads in both Donegal town and county also had large volumes of surface water. A handful of homes in Freshford, Co Kilkenny had to be evacuated last night due to flooding in the town.

Cork was badly affected, and several vehicles became stuck in flood waters in Kinsale. The M8 was affected southbound at J17 Watergrasshill, and there was flooding on the N25 Carraigtwohill/Midleton road at Lynwen Lodge and Minister Hill.

In Tipperary, heavy rain and surface water affected the N24 Limerick to Tipperary road south of Cahir. Officials in Clonmel say the new flood relief scheme under construction should prevent the type of flash flooding which damaged a number of homes.

Houses along St Kevin's Terrace in the Old Bridge area of the town were hit when the Auk stream overflowed and relief pipes were blocked.

In Bray, a 20ft-deep hole appeared on Dargle Road when a 30ft-long section of footpath collapsed. Council workmen were quickly on the scene to cordon off the area.

The collapse occurred on the Dargle Road in the Co Wicklow town. It is thought the nearby Dargle river made its way through a hole, thereby creating the massive cavity under the path.

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