Friday 17 August 2018

Heavy rainfall brings flooding to many parts of the country

A Status Yellow rainfall warning remains in place

Picture taken at Ballsbridge bridge tonight by Labour Senator Kevin Humphreys
Picture taken at Ballsbridge bridge tonight by Labour Senator Kevin Humphreys
Allison Bray

Allison Bray

A mother and her child were pulled from their car by emergency services after flood waters threatened to engulf them during heavy rain on Wednesday evening.

The incident happened on the Johnstown Road in Freshford, Co Kilkenny around 6.30pm when the River Nuenna that runs through the town burst its banks in several locations, according to local councillor Michael McCarthy.

The woman's car had stalled in heavy flooding as the waters were rising around them, he said.

The local fire brigade was able to get them out of the car without further incident, he said.

Local council crews were also able to get to 14 houses in the area that were threatened by flooding and sandbag them in time, he said.

However, two houses had water seeping into them from the road, but they were not badly flooded, he added.

"Luckily there was a good response by the council and most of the danger was eliminated," he told Independent.ie

Meanwhile, the Dublin Fire Brigade and local council crews were dispatched to mop up after the Dodder River burst its banks this evening due to persistent heavy rain all day.

Officials from the Dublin Fire Brigade said there did not appear to be any homes at risk of flooding.

Crews from South Dublin County Council were in the process of closing off the Dodder Road Lower in Rathfarnham this evening because roads were impassable. The Orwell Road was also impassable from the same flooding.

A Status Yellow rainfall warning was issued for Wexford, Waterford, Kilkenny, Carlow, Laois, Kildare and Wicklow until midnight on Wednesday.

RTÉ reports that a number of homes in the Rathdrum and Kilmaconogue area have been hit with flooding during the heavy rain.

In Kilkenny the local authority issued a flood warning for Thomastown and Inistioge.

Cork County Council also issued a flood warning in Mallow and Fermoy.

AA Roadwatch has also warned of a number of roads which are affected by flooding in Tipperary, Kilkenny and Cork.

In Kilkenny people are advised to avoid Freshford and take the N77 via Ballyragget instead.

In Thomastown near Moanroe Cross the road is impassable, as is the Thomastown/Instigoge Road.

In Cork part of the Mallow Road is closed due to flooding.

In Wicklow the road is impassable at the Roundwood/Sally Gap Road according to the AA.

Persistent and heavy rain is due to continue for much of the night with an ongoing risk of flooding.

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