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Friday 18 April 2014

Town 'submerged' after weekend downpour

Members of the Fire Service clear water from a house in King Street, Wexford town. Photo: Patrick Browne

PARTS of Wexford town have been submerged in flood water following heavy rain. Several houses were flooded as heavy rains left some areas of the town knee-deep in water.

About six houses on King Street were flooded last night, prompting gardai to close the street to traffic.

More than a dozen workers from Wexford Borough Council were drafted in to sandbag businesses in the south end of the town that were threatened.

The council also pumped water through the local sewage system to take pressure off the drains.

Wexford Mayor Jim Allen said he had never seen anything like it. "It's been like a monsoon all day," he said. "I'm in the car now and it's pretty bad. There's a couple of feet of water on the roads. I've never seen it like this before."

Elsewhere, localised flooding on roads was making driving extremely hazardous last night, according to AA Roadwatch.

In Co Wicklow, the Enniskerry to Scalp Road was impassable due to flooding, as was the townland of Callahan in Co Waterford, where water from Bell Lake, near Dunmore East, was spilling onto the road.

Greystones and Bray in Co Wicklow also reported lots of surface water on roads, while Mill Road in Greystones was flooded.

Parts of Cork city, especially the Glenmire and Rochestown Road areas, had a lot of surface water.

Irish Independent

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