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Monday 21 April 2014

Roads blocked by flooding as bad weather continues

01/01/2014
Clontarf promenade which was affected by bad weather at the coast Road, Dublin.
Photo:  Gareth Chaney Collins
Clontarf promenade which was affected by bad weather at the coast Road, Dublin. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins

Several roads have been hit by flooding nationwide as the heavy rain and winds continue.

Drivers are advised to be extra vigilant on the roads as bad weather has resulted in both icy conditions and flooding nationwide.

There is a flood warning in place in Dublin with people being warned to stay safe if outdoors and close to coastal areas, AA Roadwatch reports. 

In Wicklow, there are reports of flooding on the Rathnew/Rathdrum Road and on Old Connaught Avenue in Bray.

In Wexford, there is excess surface water around Wexford Town.

In Cork, excess surface water is reported on the N25 Cork/Waterford Road between Carrigtwohill and Midleton. There is also flooding on the Carrigaline/Crosshaven Road but Gardai say it is passable if care is taken.

The road between Rochestown and Passage West has been deemed impassable due to flooding, with some people abandoning their cars in the area.

There is also flooding in Dundalk with St Helena’s Road being closed.

Motorists are also being warned of black ice on the roads as rain and sleet are falling on already frozen surfaces.

It is reported to be icy around Cavan town, particularly on the N3/Dublin Road.

AA Roadwatch are also reporting ice in Leitrim on the N4 Dublin/Sligo Road, in Roscommon particularly on the Lanesborough Road and in Westmeath between Mullingar and Athlone.

Motorists are also being warned of ice on the roads around Longford Town and slippery conditions on the N2 Dublin/Monaghan Road between Ashbourne and Ardee.

Black ice has been reported on most routes around Letterkenny, Donegal.

A landslide on the line at Waterford train station means there is no services between Waterford and Thomastown or Waterford and Carrick-on-Suir, Iarnrod Eireann reports.

There is a bus transfer available between Waterford and Kilkenny.

Meanwhile, a kitesurfer had to be rescued after getting in to difficulty in rough seas and 40 kilometre per hour winds.

The alarm was raised by the man on his waterproof mobile phone off Sandymount beach in Dublin at about 10.40am.

The Irish Coast Guard said he was up to 300 metres from the coastline and was caught in a rip tide, which was pulling him away from shore, when rescued by Dun Laoghaire inshore lifeboat.

Denise Calnan

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