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Saturday 26 July 2014

Commuter chaos: Motorists warned to 'slow down, light up'

Bus transfers in place for flooded railway lines as heavy winds and rain continue nationwide

Denise Calnan

Published 03/02/2014|07:43

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Cork City has experienced sever flooding overnight (Photo: Jonathan Healy/ Twitter)
Cork City has experienced sever flooding overnight (Photo: Jonathan Healy/ Twitter)
The Lee estate in Limerick city after the weekend's floods

Motorists are warned to drive with caution this morning as heavy winds and rain create dangerous driving conditions.

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There are also reports of further flooding in counties in the south and west of the country.

An Garda Siochana have advised motorists to 'take care and watch for flooding and surface water.'

"Slow down, light up and drive safe," they tweeted from their official Twitter account.

In Cork, reports of flooding on the N25 Cork/Waterford road between Cork City and Midleton has caused major traffic delays. Drivers are also being warned of wind-blown debris around Midleton, AA Roadwatch reports.

There are still reports of long delays on the N25 Waterford/Cork road westbound from Castlemartyre to Midleton.

AA Roadwatch are reporting flooding to be receding in Cork City but South Terrace and Oliver St are still impassable. Patrick St is also flooded but has been deemed passable.

The South Mall, Wandesford Quay, Father Matthew Quay, Morrison’s Island, Henry St, Lavitts Quay and Cornmarket St are now passable.

There is also flooding on Oliver Plunkett St, Henry St and Cornmarket Street. Bus Eireann is operating diversions as a result.

There is also reported flooding in Kinsale, Ringaskiddy and Monkstown. Belvelly Bridge in Cobh is flooded and motorists are being advised to take an alternative route.

A fallen tree that was blocking the Mitchelstown/Caherconlish Road between Mitchelstown and Ballylanders on the Cork to Limerick road has now been removed.

A fallen tree is also reported to be partially blocking the Letterkenny/Ramelton Road near Moorefield in Donegal.

In Waterford and Wexford, the Passage East Car Ferry was cancelled this morning as a result of the adverse weather conditions. Service has now resumed.

On the N25 Waterford/Wexford road, the New Ross Bridge is now impassable as well as the quays.

In Waterford, there is flooding at Lismore on the N72 Dungarvan/Fermoy Road and motorists are also being advised to avoid the quays in Dungarvan due to flooding. Due to flooding at Waterford train station, there are bus transfers in operation.

Flooding has receded on The Mall and the road is now passable. The Tramore Road after the Cork Road Junction and Poleberry Street is still impassable, AARoadwatch reports.

Irish Rail have announced that bus transfers remain in place between Limerick and Ennis due to flooding on the line.

Train services have resumed on the Cork Cobh/Midleton route as flooding has receded.

There are more bus transfers in place from Limerick to Ennis and Waterford to Kilkenny at present due to flooding on the lines.

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