Thursday 24 October 2019

Heavy rain causes river to burst its banks and flood forecourt, roads

Flooding at Kiernan’s Texaco station on the Dublin Road in Cavan following torrential rain in the Cavan area on Sunday evening which has seen businesses and homes flooded throughout the county town. Photo: Lorraine Teevan
Flooding at Kiernan’s Texaco station on the Dublin Road in Cavan following torrential rain in the Cavan area on Sunday evening which has seen businesses and homes flooded throughout the county town. Photo: Lorraine Teevan
Kathy Armstrong

Kathy Armstrong

A shop owner has spoken of his distress after heavy rain caused flooding last night.

Met Éireann issued a Status Yellow weather warning for seven counties yesterday afternoon and advised that up to 30mm of rain could fall with the risk of flooding.

The warning remained in place until midnight and had been reduced to Cavan, Donegal and Leitrim.

One of those feeling the affects of the torrential rain was Philip Kiernan, the owner of Kiernan's Spar Service Station on the outskirts of Cavan town.

Mr Kiernan said last night that the downpour caused a local river to burst its banks.

The forecourt area of the business was flooded with several inches of water and crews from Cavan Fire Brigade attended the scene.

He told the Irish Independent: "Thankfully, the inside of the shop isn't flooded, we managed to stop that from happening but the back is very badly flooded.

"We had to close early at 5pm but we should be open in the morning," he said last night.

"A local river burst its banks and flooded, which has been happening regularly over the last 12 or 13 years.

"It actually never used to happen before that and it's definitely very stressful for homeowners and businesses in the area.

"I'm not sure if any other business in the area was flooded, it's hard to know yet as it's Sunday, but definitely a lot of roads in the area were."

It comes as Met Éireann warned we have seen the last of the summer weather.

Temperatures for the days ahead will be back to around average with maximum temperatures of 14C to 18C with above average rainfall.

Irish Independent

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