Wednesday 7 December 2016

Major transport delays as nation braces itself for further floods in aftermath of Storm Desmond

Published 09/12/2015 | 11:59

Traffic was permitted only in one direction on the the N4 at Carrick on Shannon
Traffic was permitted only in one direction on the the N4 at Carrick on Shannon
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Houses under threat in Leitrim Village
Flooding near Montpellier, Co Limerick.

As thousands of homes and businesses nationwide brace themselves for yet more rain, a number of roads and railway tracks remain impassable as a result of flooding.

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Following the devastation of Storm Desmond, many areas across the country had barely assessed the damage before Met Eireann issued further weather alerts.

There are currently two yellow warnings in place: wind alert countrywide as gusts up to 100km/hr are expected and a rainfall alert for Connacht, Donegal, Clare and Kerry as an additional 35mm is expected today.

While the Irish Defence Forces have deployed troops those counties at highest risk of further flooding, reports of delays to transport on rail and road are numerous. 

Iarnrod Eireann said the Sligo line from Carrick-on-Shannon to Longford would remain closed until the weekend at the earliest due to flooding with the water about a foot over the track.

Further delays continued this morning as the rail service reported "reduced capacity" on early morning trains from Sligo to Dublin and from Longford to Dublin.

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Bus transfers are also in operation between Ennis and Galway due to flooding on the track line between Gort and Athenry.

Full rail disruption as a result of the adverse weather can be viewed on the Irish Rail weather watch website.

Meanwhile, AA Roadwatch have reported that flooding is still a major issue on a number of road routes nationwide, particularly in parts of Connacht.

Houses under threat in Leitrim Village
Houses under threat in Leitrim Village
Flooding near Montpellier, Co Limerick.

Mayo seems to be badly affected at the moment as local roads around Ballinrobe remain closed due to the flooding including the Clonbur Road and the Roundfort Road.

Earlier, there were reports of debris eastbound on the M4 Sligo/ Dublin Rd before J7 Maynooth and on the M11 Wexford/ Dublin Rd at J7 Bray South - but these have since been cleared.

In Galway, a number of roads remain closed including Monivea Road (R339) between Carnmore Cross and Cregmore.

Motorists have been advised to divert via the M6 instead.

The N59 Galway/ Clifden Rd is also closed at Maam Cross, the Shangalish/ Drumandoora Rd (R461) is closed at Inchaboy South, and the Shangalish/ Tulla Rd (R462) is closed at Killeen.

The Killashandra/ Milltown Rd (R201) in Cavan is also closed due to flooding.

For all areas, AA Roadwatch have warned those travelling by car: "Remember to only drive through water if you know it’s not too deep for your car."

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