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Monday 21 April 2014

City centre wall collapses following heavy rain

A wall which collapsed underneath the footpath on Conyngham Road in Dublin. Picture credit; Damien Eagers/ Evening Herald  31/12/2013
A wall which collapsed underneath the footpath on Conyngham Road in Dublin. Picture credit; Damien Eagers/ Evening Herald 31/12/2013

A large section of a wall has collapsed at Bridgewater Quay apartment complex in Dublin city after torrential rain and winds in the past few days.

The weather is believed to be responsible for weakening the structure under the Coyningham Road above it.

The section of embankment collapsed this morning at 6.30am and spilled across a footpath, knocking a small wall under the weight of the falling rubble and debris.

While there were no reports of injuries in the sudden collapse gardai contacted gas and electricity suppliers, as well as Dublin City Council, to ensure no services were affected by the fall.

Dublin City Council said it had engineers inspecting the site of the collapse early today and that support structures were being put in place while the rubble was being cleared from the ramp to the Bridgewater Quay apartment complex to allow residents access.

The left lane of Conyngham Road outbound at the site was closed as a precaution until the area was assessed.

A large section of yellow pipe, believed to be a gas main, was exposed by the collapse but not thought to be damaged.

Poor weather conditions also caused a landslide on the rail line between Waterford and Kilkenny, meaning passengers had to be transferred by bus.

The incident happened at Legan near Thomastown.

Meanwhile, Met Eireann has said there will be no let-up to the changeable weather we have been experiencing, and thundery showers, rain and blustery winds are on the horizon today for different parts of the country.

It said that given the highly changeable and often wet conditions that are likely to prevail across Ireland for the coming week, and the fact that all lands are either saturated or waterlogged, the probability of river flooding will increase in many areas.

Met Eireann has issued severe weather warnings for many parts of the country as up to 100mm (four inches) of rain is predicted to fall during the coming 10 days.

The warning comes as a big clean-up operation continued in the aftermath of Ireland's worst winter storm in 15 years.

There is now a serious risk of flooding due to the amount of rainfall since December 20.

Localised flood warnings have been issued in Cork, Galway, Roscommon, Tipperary and Waterford.

Met Eireann also warned we face further heavy and possibly thundery showers over the next 24 hours.

Showers will spread from the west today, but they will mostly die out in the early part of tonight, and forecasters said that around midnight conditions should be mostly dry for ringing in the New Year.

But tomorrow will see a return to wet and windy weather again, and it will continue to be unsettled for the early part of 2014.

The forecast is that showers will persist in western counties for much of Thursday but the rest of the country will be mainly dry and bright.

Irish Independent

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