Downpour closes Kenmare-Killarney road for nearly a day


Published 09/01/2013 | 10:20

The Killarney to Kenmare road was impassable to only the hardiest of drivers after torrential heavy rains on Tuesday. Photo shows one 4x4 vehicle making light work of flooding on the 'Fivemilebridge' at Eagle's Nest Mountain on Tuesday morning. Credit: Photo by Don Macmonagle

HEAVY rainfall forced Kerry County Council to close the Killarney to Kenmare (N71) road for a day this week.

Torrential downpours that lashed the county on Monday night, coupled with high water in rivers, caused sections of the road at Five Mile Bridge and Tower being flooded, leading to their closure by the local authority for safety reasons at approximately 8pm on Monday.

The road remained closed until 3.30pm on Tuesday when it was deemed passable by Council staff.

"While there were a few cars going through at lunctime on Tuesday, we felt it was touch-and-go, so we decided to keep it closed for a couple of hours," said Pádraig Corkery, Kerry County Council's Director of Communications.

Mr Corkery said while some flood water and mud remained on the road it was not possible to tell if repair works needed to be carried out by the county council roads department.

"We won't know that for a little while yet, but there will not need to be any repairs as far as I'm aware of," he said.

Meanwhile, a section of roadway between Sneem and Waterville was closed due to flooding, also on Monday, with diversions put in place.

"It was just about passable and jeeps could probably have made it through, but we advised motorists to take a different route," he said.

"There was a lot of surface water in the county, rivers are full and fields are saturated, there's very little places for the rain to go."

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