Thursday 8 December 2016

Weather brightens after night of torrential rain that engulfed homes with flood water

Louise Kelly & Pat Flynn

Published 11/09/2015 | 22:46

A day of heavy rain left many roads in Co Clare flooded including this section of the Lahinch to Doolin route near the Cliffs of Moher. Unsuspecting motorists had to drive through floods in several areas. Photo Press 22
A day of heavy rain left many roads in Co Clare flooded including this section of the Lahinch to Doolin route near the Cliffs of Moher. Unsuspecting motorists had to drive through floods in several areas. Photo Press 22

The torrential rain that caused havoc countrywide last night has cleared this morning.

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Most counties will see the day brighten as the cloud breaks up, leaving the heavy rain behind us for now.

Met Eireann has removed the mid-level Orange Alert that it issued on Friday ahead of the forecast downpours.

However, while most of the rest of the weekend is to be relatively dry, heavier outbreaks of rain are expected to return tomorrow evening.

Some sunny spells will cheer up this Saturday and Sunday but wrap up well as moderate to fresh southeasterly winds will be blowing.

Last night, fire crews were battling to save as many as 20 homes that had been engulfed by flood waters in Co Clare.

Units of the fire brigade from Ennistymon did their best to help homeowners at Church Road and Lahinch Road in Miltown Malbay.

Fire personnel used pumps to try and clear water from the properties.

The alarm was raised at around 9pm where manhole covers were reported to have been thrust opened by water pressure.

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Fire crews also dealt with an incident near Liscannor where a couple were reportedly trapped in their car.

The vehicle became bogged down in two feet of water on the road between Liscannor and the Cliffs of Moher at around 9.30pm.

Ennistymon fire service rescued the couple from the stranded car at Liscannor East before they were redeployed to another similar incident a short distance away.

On arrival at the scene they found a car stranded in the middle of a flooded road which had also been badly damaged by floodwaters.

Several floods were reported on the road between Lahinch and Doolin earlier in the day with many cars turning back, unwilling to risk driving through the floodswater.

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