Monday 17 June 2019

Dundrum centre deluged by floods as Luas and bus routes also disrupted reporters

GARDAI warned motorists and pedestrians to take care today in challenging conditions on the roads.

Although the situation has improved on the east coast with many roads re-opened, flooding is still affecting the following areas in Dublin: Parnell Road, Harolds Cross Road, Wolfe Tone Quay, Belgard Road, Strawberry Beds and the N11 at UCD.

The main arterial routes are now open, however motorists were warned that there is debris on many roads following the heavy rain.

The local authorities are working to clear debris and obstructions.

Gardai warned motorists returning to cars to ensure braking systems are working correctly and people returning to houses or business affected by flooding were advised to exercise caution as there may have been power failures in their premises.

Most Dublin Bus, Luas, Suburban Rail and DART services were running normally, but experiencing delays.

The Luas line was running between Brides Glen and Balally only and there was no service between Balally and St Stephen’s Green due to flooding.

Diversions and disruption were today affecting Dublin bus routes 17a, 18,25 25a,25b,25x,26,27,51d,54a,65,65b,66x,67,67x,68,69,79,151

Wolfe Tone Quay in the city centre was still flooded today and motorists were warned to avoid the area.

Dundrum shopping centre flooded last night and had to be evacuated when the River Slang burst its banks and flowed through the ground level

Management said electricity had been disconnected from the centre so checks could be carried out.

Power was also cut at the Courts of Criminal Justice in Parkgate Street due to damage caused by floodwater.

A Courts Service spokesman said no cases would be heard there today.

"Other venues are being explored for the hearing of custody and bench warrant cases etc," he said.

"It is anticipated most cases will be adjourned to other dates."

The N2 Dublin/Derry is flooded at Castleblaney and the Cootehill/Shercock Road in Co Cavan (R192) is closed due to flooding.

The N4 is closed to all inbound traffic from the M50 at junction 7 (Lucan / Palmerstown) except for busses. This is due to the closure of Wolfe Tone Quay.

The South Quay and N4 remain open to outbound traffic.

Huge swathes of the east of the country were hit by almost a month's rain in the last 24 hours.

In Dublin, the Dodder, Poddle and Camac rivers burst their banks in areas and a major emergency was declared in the capital.

Met Eireann said its rainfall records for October have been "well and truly smashed" after the day long deluge.

About nine centimetres of rain fell at Casement Aerodrome to the west of Dublin - well above the average monthly total for October.

Rainfall for the month of October is normally about 69mm.

Met Eireann said the rainfall total so far this month rose to 157mm - four times more than for the whole of October last year.

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