Tuesday 25 July 2017

Flood alerts issued after torrential downpours

Greg Harkin and Ralph Riegel

FLOOD alerts replaced storm warnings as torrential rain closed roads and threatened homes in several counties yesterday.

Met Eireann has issued another gale warning for this morning in the west and north-west but winds are expected to ease by late afternoon, with forecasts for much drier weather for the weekend. Wind gusts of 120kmh were recorded in Co Donegal again yesterday but it was the wet conditions which were causing problems, particularly for farmers.

The River Lennon burst its banks near Ramelton, flooding hundreds of acres of land and gardai were forced to issue an urgent alert to motorists as many roads were flooded in the north-west, including around the seaside town of Bundoran.

Flood barriers were deployed in several Cork towns last night. Mallow, Fermoy and Bandon were monitoring river levels following the torrential rainfall over the past 72 hours.

ESB teams completed work yesterday to restore power to the remaining 200 homes affected by Tuesday's storm.

However, Eircom is still working to restore phone services to 5,000 customers in Mayo, Galway, Sligo and Donegal.

A worker at the Cadbury factory in north Dublin was lucky not to be seriously injured after he was trapped by falling scaffolding yesterday.

Three units of the Dublin Fire Brigade were called to the plant in Coolock shortly after 3pm and firefighters managed to free the man.

Irish Independent

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