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Saturday 23 August 2014

Roads washed away in minutes as flash flooding hits parts of the country

Denise Calnan

Published 20/05/2014 | 21:49

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A family was left stranded this evening after the road to their house was washed away within minutes in one of the worst flash floods the area has ever experienced.

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Sinead Keane, of Ballyvaughan, Co Clare, struggled to make the three-kilometre journey up the road to their home following flash flooding and heavy rainfall.

Sinead and her parents were rescued and brought to their home in a tractor in an ordeal that lasted a total of four and a half hours.

“The road was falling apart around us,” Sinead told independent.ie.

“The currents were so strong and the floods rose over a foot in less than ten minutes. My parents have lived in the Lismactigue valley all their life and said they had never seen a flash flood like it.”

Sinead and her parents were returning from a shopping trip in Galway town when they were met with flooding in the village of Ballyvaughan. Their usual ten-minute journey home to their farmhouse in the Burren took nearly five hours as a result of the severe weather conditions.

“There were pieces of tarmac flowing down the river on what used to be the road,” she said.

Road in Ballyvaughan, Co Clare washed away. Inset: Heavy rainfall across the south and south-west of country this evening
Flooding in Clare. Photo: Sinead Keane
Flooding in Clare. Photo: Sinead Keane

“There was about a foot of flooding in the village but the road to our house has been completely destroyed. We will have to assess the damage tomorrow. There is no way we could bring a car up or down that road now.”

The damaged road is part of the famous Burren Way Walk and should be part of the popular Clare Burren Marathon Challenge this coming Saturday. There are over 2,000 competitors expected on the route this weekend.

Meanwhile, a Met Eireann spokesperson reported many areas across the south and south-west to have experienced similar flash flooding this evening, but said it is not forecast to be repeated this week.

“There was heavy rainfall in the south-west and west this evening, especially in Kerry,” she said.

“But, although there is more rain forecast for this week, further flash flooding is not expected.”

Met Eireann have forecasted scattered showers in Munster, Connacht and west Leinster tomorrow.

Showers are set to become more widespread on Thursday and Friday.

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