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Sunday 21 September 2014

Traffic chaos in Dublin after stormy weather

Published 05/02/2014 | 08:07

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A woman walks through flood water in Cork city.

Dublin escaped the worst of the storms that lashed the country last night but fallen trees and spot flooding caused traffic chaos for many this morning.

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A fallen tree blocked Church Road in Mulhuddart near the cemetery, with reports of other trees partially blocking roads on Glasnevin Avenue, Annamoe Road in Cabra, and between the Damastown Industrial Estate and the Keepac plant in Clonee on the Dublin Meath border.

There was also a tree down on Glencloy Road in Whitehall north of teh city.

One man had to be cut from his car by the fire brigade after a tree fell on it at Garristown between Blakes Cross and Ballygall  in North Dublin.

He was not reported to be badly injured but was unable to get out of his car after the tree crushed it’s roof.

Inbound traffic on Leeson Street was slowed due to flooding in the bus lane and right lane where the road splits before Leeson Street  Bridge.

Nearby, there was also flooding on Sussex Road.

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An unstable telegraph pole at Poddle Park in Kimmage was also causing concern.

Around the country there were reports of a large number of tree falls around the midlands, west and south, with power lines being taken down as a result.

The Old Road between Rathangan and Kildare was blocked on the Rathangan side of the football pitch.

In Carlow the Old Loughlin Road just outside Carlow town was impassable due to flooding.

The Borris to New Ross Road at Clashganny was closed due to two fallen trees.

More than 10,000 homes were without power as day broke and the damage assessment got underway.

Faults at Clonakilty, Blarney, Ballincollig, Cobh, Crosshaven, Youghal and Passage West in Cork, as well as Dungarvan and Tramore in Waterford were keeping ESB crews busy.

Limerick, Galway and Mayo were also badly affected by power outages.

While today is expected to give some respite from the relentless storms that have hit the country in recent weeks there are more storm depressions forming in the Atlantic set to bring more gales and heavy rain in the coming days.

However tides are not expected to be as high and the risks of coastal flooding that has caused millions of euro of damage in Cork and Limerick are said by Met Eireann to be decreasing.

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