Thursday 25 May 2017

Storm Frank: Road closures, flooded railway lines, flight and ferry cancellations

Louise Kelly

Louise Kelly

Several routes are now impassable after Storm Frank battered the country overnight and weather warnings remain in place with a secondary storm coming in this morning.

Road conditions worsened throughout the night worsening throughout the country and many are now impassable.

Munster felt the brunt of the storm last night which is continuing into this morning with gale force winds.

Homes have been left without power and torrential rainfall has caused widespread flooding and road closures.

Met Éireann has issued a Status Orange Wind Warning for Ireland until 2pm today.

Gardai and councils across the south-west appealed to motorists to drive with care as dozens of roads were left impassable by flood waters in Cork, Kerry, Tipperary and Waterford. North Wexford has also been heavily hit with risks of floods in Enniscorthy and Bunclody.

"If you encounter flooding on the roads, don't attempt to drive through it if you can't tell how deep it is," AA Roadwatch have warned motorists.

"If you have to drive through standing water, drive through the centre of the road as it tends to be the highest point."

Cork

The N25 Cork/ Waterford Rd between Killeagh and Castlemartyr and the Carrigrohane Straight are closed due to flooding. There is flooding on the Carrigaline/ Crosshaven Rd (R612). Gardai and the Council are currently devising alternative routes.

The Lee Rd is closed again due to flooding and there is also spot flooding around Carrigrohane.

A number of roads are impassable in Midleton Town, Crookstown village is impassable, the Cork/ Kinsale Rd (R600) is impassable in Riverstick.

The N71 Cork/ Bandon Rd has fully reopened at the viaduct following flooding but continued care is needed due to surface water and debris on this route. There is also a tree down in Glanmire village (R639).  The Fota Rd is passable with extreme care.

Waterford

The N72 Dungarvan/ Lismore Rd is closed at Cappoquin due to flooding. In the city, Cork Rd is closed from just before the R/A to Kingsmeadow due to flooding. There's also flooding at the Tramore Rd R/A and at Ballindud R/A.

Meanwhile, the bridge in Portlaw has partially collapsed and the council is at the scene.

Tipperary

The N65 Portumna/ Borrisokane Rd is closed on the Portumna side of Carrigahorig, both Convent Rd and Old Bridge in Clonmel town are closed.

The N24 Clonmel/ Carrick-On-Suir Rd remains flooded at Dove's Hill. Gardaí advise HGVs heading towards Carrick-On-Suir to travel via Kilkenny while other motorists are advised to travel via Callan.

Kerry

A section of the Currow/ Killarney Rd is impassable near the Grotto.

A number of local road closures are in place around Killorglin.

The N72 Killorglin/ Killarney is impassable at Ballydowney. Gardaí advise motorists to divert via Aghadoe, through Fossa and then take the N72 Beaufort/ Killorglin Rd.

The Barraduff/ Glenflesk Rd (R570) is closed due to flooding.

Gardai urged motorists to drive with extreme caution given the huge volumes of rainfall that have fallen.

Louth

There’s bad flooding on the Grange/ Jenkinstown Rd (R173) at Jenkinstown, on the Omeath/ Carlingford Rd and on the Blackrock Rd (R172).

Kilkenny

Gardaí in Thomastown say that as a result of flooding in the town, The Quay and Marshes St (Station Rd) are both impassable.

The Kilkenny/ New Ross Rd (R700) is currently impassable at Inistioge due to floods.

There is flooding on the Old Waterford/ Dublin Rd (R448) between Thomastown and Gowran at Kilfane and as a result the road is impassable.

The N76 Kilkenny/ Clonmel Rd is flooded near Farmley on Kilkenny side of Callan. The road is passable with care.

Care is advised travelling on the Urlingford/ Kilkenny Rd (R693) due to excess surface water and possible flooding in parts.

Wicklow

The Vale Rd in Arklow is closed from Woodenbridge to Pearse Park as the river has burst its banks.

A fallen tree has been removed from the M11 Dublin/Wexford Rd southbound between J15 Glendalough/ Ashford and J16 Wicklow North.

The on-ramp to the N11 Wexford/ Dublin Rd northbound at J12 Newtown-Mount Kennedy has reopened following flooding.

The Rathdrum/ Woodenbridge Rd (R752) is impassable near Castlemacadam.

The Shillelagh/ Tinahealy Rd (R749) is impassable due to flooding.

Wexford

The N11 Dublin/ Wexford Rd is impassable through Enniscorthy. Further south, there are diversions in place on the N11 in both directions at Kyle's Cross near Oylgate.

Abbey Quay, Templeshannon Quay and Shannon Quay in Enniscorthy are closed as a result of flooding.

Island Rd is also closed and diversions are in place via the Coast Rd.

Castlebridge is flooded on the Castlebridge/ Ferrybank Rd (R741) and currently impassable.

Cavan

There is flooding along the N3 Cavan/ Dublin Rd, particularly at Killygarry Church and the Dublin Rd R/A.

The Cootehill/ Canningstown Rd (R191) is impasssible at Sharps Corner due to flooding.

Care is advised on all routes around Virginia due to very wet roads and possible flooding.

Sligo

The Ballytivnan Rd in Sligo Town is flooded at St John’s Hospital but passable with care.

Flooding on N15 Sligo/Letterkenny Rd on the Sligo side of Grange village. Take extreme care.

The Carraroe/ Dromahair Rd (R287) is flooded in parts with warning signs in place.

The Tubbercurry/ Ballymote (R294) is passable with care at Quarryfield.

Impassable Roads

Cork

A number of roads are impassable in Midleton Town due to flooding.

Crookstown village is impassable due to flooding. Diversions are in place.

The Cork/ Kinsale Rd (R600) is impassable in Riverstick. Use an alternative route if possible.

Waterford

The N72 Dungarvan/ Lismore Rd is closed at Cappoquin due to flooding. Use an alternative route.

The Lemybrien/ Carrick-On-Suir Rd (R676) is impassable near Mahon Falls. Diversions are in place.

Tipperary

Both Convent Rd and Old Bridge in Clonmel town are closed due to flooding.

Both Wood Road and Knocklofty Bridge in Clonmel are now impassable.

Kerry

The Barraduff/ Glenflesk Rd (R570) is closed due to flooding.

A section of the Currow/ Killarney Rd is impassable near the Grotto.

A number of local road closures are in place around Killorglin.

Kilkenny

Gardaí in Thomastown say that as a result of flooding in the town, The Quay and Marshes St (Station Rd) are both impassable.

The Kilkenny/ New Ross Rd (R700) is currently impassable at Inistioge due to floods.

There is flooding on the Old Waterford/ Dublin Rd (R448) between Thomastown and Gowran at Kilfane and as a result the road is impassable.

Wexford

Castlebridge is flooded on the Castlebridge/ Ferrybank Rd (R741) and currently impassable.

The N11 Dublin/ Wexford Rd is impassable through Enniscorthy.

Cavan

The Cootehill/ Canningstown Rd (R191) is impasssible at Sharps Corner due to flooding.

Irish Rail/Bus Eireann

Iarnrod Eireann and a number of Bus Eireann services have been cancelled due to impassable sections of road and track.

The Western Corridor line remains flooded between Ennis and Limerick and bus transfers are in operation with restricted service into and out of Sixmilebridge.

The 4pm Dublin Connolly/ Sligo service has been cancelled. 

Many businesses have had been devastated by the flooding while others who haven't been directly hit are suffering with staff shortages with many people finding it difficult to make it into work.

Flights cancellations/diversions

One flight was diverted from Cork Airport at the height of the storm while flights today may be delayed due to cross-winds caused by the aftermath of the storm.

Two flights destined for Belfast International Airport from Luton and Tenerife were diverted to Dublin last night due to strong winds.

Meanwhile, nine other flights into Belfast Airport were also delayed.

A flight into Cork airport from Edinburgh was redirected to Dublin last night amid strong winds.

Irish Rail lines flooded/cancellations/delays

Some Irish Rail services have been affected particularly on the Sligo Line, The Western Rail Corridor and Killarney – Tralee route.

The 07.20am Rossalre to Connolly service has stopped at Wexford due to flooding.

All other services are operating on all routes with some minor delays.

There are some cancellations of sailings by Stena Line and Irish Ferries. Passengers should contact the companies directly for further information.

Dublin airport flights are all scheduled to leave as normal today however passengers are advised to check with their individual airlines.

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