Monday 20 November 2017

Misery for commuters and motorists continues as disruption to road, rail and bus networks remains widespread

Flood warnings in the town of Ballinasloe yesterday
Flood warnings in the town of Ballinasloe yesterday
'Obviously, as the water continues to rise it is next to impossible to protect all properties. But with the renewed threat of severe floods it is critical that control is centralised and all emergency responses are coordinated'
Soldiers from the 12th Battalion, Sarsfield Barracks, Limerick, help deliver sandbags in Clonlara, Co Clare

Sarah-Jane Murphy

There is still widespread disruption to road, rail, and bus routes around the country as flood waters continue to cause problems for motorists and commuters.

Water levels on the Shannon are expected to match 2009 levels, the highest on record to date.

The army are assisting flood relief efforts in Co. Clare, Co Limerick and Co Westmeath.

Gardai are reminding motorists that as flooding is still a problem on a number of routes cars should only be driven through water if it is not too deep for the vehicle in question.

The worst affected area from a logistical point of view is Connaught, with extensive flooding leading to the closure of several roads.


Gardai say flooding has receded on the Tuam/ Athenry Rd (R347).

Iarnrod Eireann say the Athenry to Gort section on the Limerick/ Galway line is closed due to flooding. 

Bus transfers are operating between Ennis and Galway as a result.

AA Roadwatch have issued several alerts in relation to road travel in Galway:

- The N60 Roscommon/Galway Road is impassable outside Ballymoe on the Castlerea side.

- There's flooding on the N84 Headford Rd between Ballindooley Cross and Curraghline, traffic is down to one lane and a stop/ go system in place.

- The Glenamaddy/ Ballymoe Rd (R364) remains impassable near Kilcroan NS.

- Flooding remains a problem on the N18 Limerick/ Galway Rd at Labane and traffic is down to one lane as a result.

- The Galway/ Monivea Rd (R339) remains closed between Carnmore Cross and Cregmore and motorists should divert via the M6 instead.

- A number of routes around Ballinasloe town are flooded, including Church St (R446) which is closed. Extreme care is needed.

- The Shangalish/ Tulla Rd (R462) is closed at Killeen due to flooding.

- Meanwhile the Athenry/ Kilconnell Rd (R348) has reopened at Kiltullagh village following flooding.

- The Lydican Rd is impassable near Cregmore National School. Avoid the area.



AA Roadwatch have highlighted the following issues for motorists:

- The N83 Ballyhaunis/Charlestown Road is flooded between Tooreen village and Cappagh Cross. Use extreme care.

- The Lahardaun/ Pontoon Rd (R315) is down to one lane at Brown's Bay due to flooding. Take care on the route.

- A number of local roads around Ballinrobe are closed due to flooding including the Clonbur Rd and the Roundfort Rd.

- The Ballinrobe/ Glencorrib Rd (R334) is closed at the Neale and Cross due to flooding.

-  Barrett St in Ballina town is closed due to flooding.



Flooding remains a problem in Sligo with AA Roadwatch reporting the following:

- N59 Sligo/Ballina Road has flooded again at Corhawnagh and at Stonehall.

- There is still a large amount of surface water at the Back Avenue at Cleveragh Retail Park.

- The Collooney/ Ballysadare Rd (R290/ Old N4) remains closed due to flooding.

- Flooding remains an issue on the Ballymote/ Templehouse Rd.

- The Carraroe Rd/ Ballygawley Rd (R284) between Carraroe and Jink’s Cross along with the Oakfield/ Carraoe Rd at Ballyfree Bridge are still closed following flooding.

- The Carraroe/ Dromahair Rd (R287) is closed between Aughamore Crossroads and Correagh Crossroads due to flooding along with the local road between Aughamore and Jinks Cross.

- Flooding has subsided on the Corballa/ Enniscrone Rd (R298) at Lacknaslevia.

- There are road closures around Collooney due to flooding, including on the Knockbeg Rd.

- Iarnrod Eireann say there's reduced capacity on some Dublin/Sligo services as a result of flooding.



- The N63 Galway/Roscommon Road has reopened at Athleague following flooding.

- The Athleague/Dysart Road (R357) is flooded at Four Roads.

- The Ballymoe/Tulsk Road (R367) is flooded at Laragh Bridge.



AA Roadwatch say that several diversions remain in place in Leitrim:

- Quay Street in Carrick-onShannon is closed due to flooding and diversions are in place.

- The N4 Sligo/ Dublin Rd in Carrick-on-Shannon is closed at Shannonside Retail Park due to flooding and diversions are in place.

- Kinlough/ Rossinver Rd (R281) remains closed at PK Motors following a landslide.

- The Keadue Rd is flooded (R284) outside Leitrim village.

- The Leitrim/ Drumsna Rd (R299) is closed at Kiltoghert due to flooding.



Iarnrod Eireann say that the line remains closed between Longford & Dromod due to flooding in the area.

There will be reduced capacity on some services and bus transfers are in operation between Carrick-on-Shannon & Longford.

All Sligo/Dublin Connolly services in both directions will have bus transfers between Carrick-on-Shannon and Longford, resulting in delays of 30-60 minutes.

AA Roadwatch say that the old Belturbet/Cavan Road is flooded in the Bunn Lake area of Cavan.

Cork City:

Meanwhile in Cork city The Lee Rd has reopened near Mount Desert following flooding.


In Co. Clare AA Roadwatch reports that flooding remains a problem on the Scarriff/ Feakle Rd (R461) but it is passable with care.

However the O'Callaghansmills/ Broadford Rd (R466) is impassable due to flooding. Diversions are in place.

Spot flooding has subsided on the Scarrif/Ennis Road (R352).


Limerick City and County Council says it has received confirmation from the ESB of its decision not to change the discharge level at the Parteen Weir from its current level of 375 cubic meters per second (cumecs).

The Council have indicated that water levels along the lower River Shannon at Montpelier, Castleconnell and the Mountshannon Road (Lisnagry) are continuing to rise and warn that they could elevate further heading towards the weekend.

Council staff, assisted by members of the Defence Forces, are continuing to implement flood defence measures along the river bank and coordinate with local property owners.

Meanwhile the ESB have advised that the levels in Lough Derg will continue to be monitored on a daily basis.

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