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Man  helping driver push his car that cut out as he attempted to drive through flooded road under railway bridge near Bettystown, Co. Meath. Picture: Caroline Quinn

Man helping driver push his car that cut out as he attempted to drive through flooded road under railway bridge near Bettystown, Co. Meath. Picture: Caroline Quinn

General view of flooded road in Northlands, Bettystown, Co. Meath. Picture: Caroline Quinn

General view of flooded road in Northlands, Bettystown, Co. Meath. Picture: Caroline Quinn

The aftermath of flooding on Nutrove Ave, Rathfarnham this morning

The aftermath of flooding on Nutrove Ave, Rathfarnham this morning

Nutgrove Avenue last night

Nutgrove Avenue last night

Dublin Fire Brigade

General view of workers delivering & collecting sandbags in Northlands, Bettystown, Co. Meath. Picture: Caroline Quinn

General view of workers delivering & collecting sandbags in Northlands, Bettystown, Co. Meath. Picture: Caroline Quinn

Fingal worker clears the drains as motorists makes their way through flood waters at Littlepace, Clonee. Photo: Frank McGrath

Fingal worker clears the drains as motorists makes their way through flood waters at Littlepace, Clonee. Photo: Frank McGrath

Little Noelani Teevan (3) was having great fun splashing in muddy puddles as severe flooding hit the Cavan area on Thursday afternoon after heavy rain.  Photo: Lorraine Teevan

Little Noelani Teevan (3) was having great fun splashing in muddy puddles as severe flooding hit the Cavan area on Thursday afternoon after heavy rain. Photo: Lorraine Teevan

Flooding on Centre Park Road, Cork City yesterday.
Picture: Michael Mac Sweeney/Provision

Flooding on Centre Park Road, Cork City yesterday. Picture: Michael Mac Sweeney/Provision

Severe flooding at the Racecourse Road in Dundalk, Co Louth yesterday. Picture: Arthur Carron

Severe flooding at the Racecourse Road in Dundalk, Co Louth yesterday. Picture: Arthur Carron

Severe flooding at Pearse park in Dundalk, Co Louth yesterday. Picture: Arthur Carron

Severe flooding at Pearse park in Dundalk, Co Louth yesterday. Picture: Arthur Carron

A Motorist makes his  way through flood waters at Littlepace, Clonee. Photo: Frank McGrath

A Motorist makes his way through flood waters at Littlepace, Clonee. Photo: Frank McGrath

Flooding Enniscorthy Town on Friday morning

Flooding Enniscorthy Town on Friday morning

Flooding Enniscorthy Town on Friday morning

Flooding Enniscorthy Town on Friday morning

Flooding Enniscorthy Town on Friday morning

Flooding Enniscorthy Town on Friday morning

Flooding Enniscorthy Town on Friday morning

Flooding Enniscorthy Town on Friday morning

Flooding Enniscorthy Town on Friday morning

Flooding Enniscorthy Town on Friday morning

Flooding Enniscorthy Town on Friday morning

Flooding Enniscorthy Town on Friday morning

Flooding Enniscorthy Town on Friday morning

Flooding Enniscorthy Town on Friday morning

Flooding Enniscorthy Town on Friday morning

Flooding Enniscorthy Town on Friday morning

Flooding Enniscorthy Town on Friday morning

Flooding Enniscorthy Town on Friday morning

Flooding Enniscorthy Town on Friday morning

Flooding Enniscorthy Town on Friday morning

Flooding Enniscorthy Town on Friday morning

Flooding Enniscorthy Town on Friday morning

Flooding Enniscorthy Town on Friday morning

Flooding Enniscorthy Town on Friday morning

Flooding Enniscorthy Town on Friday morning

Flooding Enniscorthy Town on Friday morning

Flooding Enniscorthy Town on Friday morning

Flooding Enniscorthy Town on Friday morning

Flooding Enniscorthy Town on Friday morning

Flooding Enniscorthy Town on Friday morning

Flooding Enniscorthy Town on Friday morning

Flooding Enniscorthy Town on Friday morning

Flooding at, Arklow Road railway bridge.

Flooding at, Arklow Road railway bridge.

Flooding at, Arklow Road railway bridge.

Flooding at, Arklow Road railway bridge.

Council crews clearing drains at, Clonattin.

Council crews clearing drains at, Clonattin.

Manhole cover, Clonattin.

Manhole cover, Clonattin.

Council crews clearing drains at, Clonattin.

Council crews clearing drains at, Clonattin.

Flooding at, Knockduff roundabout.

Flooding at, Knockduff roundabout.

Flooding at, Knockduff roundabout.

Flooding at, Knockduff roundabout.

Edermine Bridge Road

Edermine Bridge Road

Flooding Enniscorthy Town on Friday morning

Flooding Enniscorthy Town on Friday morning

Flooding at, Arklow Road railway bridge.

Flooding at, Arklow Road railway bridge.

Flooding Enniscorthy Town on Friday morning

Flooding Enniscorthy Town on Friday morning

Horses in the river across the road St Senans Hopspital

Horses in the river across the road St Senans Hopspital

Horese in river opposite Island Road

Horese in river opposite Island Road

Horese in river opposite Island Road

Horese in river opposite Island Road

Horese in river opposite Island Road

Horese in river opposite Island Road

Flooding Enniscorthy Town on Friday morning

Flooding Enniscorthy Town on Friday morning

Flooding Enniscorthy Town on Friday morning

Flooding Enniscorthy Town on Friday morning

Flooding Enniscorthy Town on Friday morning

Flooding Enniscorthy Town on Friday morning

Flooding Enniscorthy Town on Friday morning

Flooding Enniscorthy Town on Friday morning

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Man helping driver push his car that cut out as he attempted to drive through flooded road under railway bridge near Bettystown, Co. Meath. Picture: Caroline Quinn

A new weather warning has been issued for the east coast, with thundery downpours and further flooding expected.

Up to 30mm of rain is expected later today in Dublin, Wicklow, Wexford and Waterford, Met Eireann has forecast.

Motorists are warned that flooding can be expected on roads across the region.

“Care is needed,” said AA Roadwatch.

“Slow down and remember you should never drive through floodwater unless you know it’s not too deep for your car.”

The Status Yellow warning will be in place from 4pm today until 4am Saturday morning.

It was issued as motorists and commuters across the country faced travel chaos after several roads were closed due to flooding from overnight rainfall.

Parts of Enniscorthy, Wexford remain underwater after heavy rainfall caused widespread flooding in the town.

Enniscorthy town was one of the worst affected areas with many homes and businesses flooded from early on Thursday afternoon.

The River Slaney continued to rise and on Friday high tide brought further flooding in the town as the River Slaney burst its banks.

Several businesses remain closed while many schools in the town are closed because of the severe flooding. A number of horses are also trapped by the flood waters.

Water rose up to three feet in some parts of Dublin, with drivers trapped in their cars and homes were flooded.

It is likely to be one of the wettest winters on record, as we are now experiencing double the average level of rain for this time of year.

Fire services were forced to use a raft to rescue a driver in Malahide after their vehicle became stuck in a "long, deep flood", while a number of drivers are understood to be in difficultly in Kinsealy, where the fire service is also attending.

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In Terenure, an underground car park overflowed and the water spread into houses, and there have been reports of flooded homes in a number of areas across south Dublin.

And commuters face another day of traffic chaos as roads around the country remain closed due to flooding.

AA Roadwatch said heavy overnight rains across the country have resulted in excess surface water and flooding on some routes this morning.

“Extreme care is advised,” it said.

“Reduce your speed and keep a safe distance between you and the car in front. Only drive through water if you know it's not too deep for your car.”

Rathfarnham in one of the worst areas affected in Dublin, where homes were flooded and bus routes diverted due to rising waters on Nutgrove Avenue.

There are also reports of a fallen tree on Mount Merrion Avenue, as well as flooding in Walkinstown, Gormanstown, Balheary Road in Swords and between Blakes Cross and Lusk.

The service station on the M1 northbound is closed between J4 Donabate and J5 Balbriggan South due to flooding.

Other main routes affected include the M8 motorway, which is closed southbound between J6 Thurles and J8 Fethard, and in Wicklow, the N11 Wexford/ Dublin Road is down to one lane through Kilmacanogue, there is flooding in Kilcoole.

Motorists are also struggling in parts of Wexford, Laois, Sligo, Roscommon and Laois, where several local roads are closed.

In Louth, the M1 southbound off ramp at J18 Carlingford is impassable, while several local roads are flooded.

Met Eireann said while weather warnings are being lifted, and many areas are dry this morning, more rainfall is due later today.

However these will not be as persistent or heavy, said forecaster Gerry Murphy.

A spokesman from Dublin Fire Brigade said it received a call every minute last night during some periods in relation to the unprecedented downpours.

"The countryside calls were exactly the same as it was in Dublin, with streets, houses and car parks getting flooded," the spokesman said.

Traffic chaos plagued the country yesterday as roads became impassable, and areas of Meath, Dublin, Carlow, Wicklow, Wexford, Louth, Cork and Sligo were among the worst affected.

The weather warning was expected to remain in place until this afternoon, as torrential rain caused spot flooding in many parts of the south and east of the country.

Met Eireann warned that the coming weeks would be much the same, with "very little change in the overall pattern".

"We are expecting another very heavy burst of rain today, mainly in the south and east. And then probably some very heavy showers after that," said Met Eireann's Gerald Fleming.

"I do have a concern that with the high rainfall levels both this morning and last night, that we could see flooding. It could take the rivers a day or two to come up, because rivers do that.

"But that is certainly a concern. There will be a little bit of cold weather, I mean, as in wintry cold, but nothing white.

"October was a wetter than average month - with some areas having 50pc above normal rainfall.

"November thus far has been about double the normal rate of rainfall," he added.

Temperatures are expected to remain mild enough over the coming days, and forecasters have said that there will be lows of 4C and highs of 12C.

"There will be a couple of cold intervals . . . it will be mild before rain and cold after. But no frost," Mr Fleming added.

The torrential rainfall caused heavy flooding in Dundalk, Co Louth, where Mary Brennan was last night waiting for sandbags to be delivered to her home. She told the Irish Independent how she feared that water would cross her threshold if the heavy rain continued.

"This is the worst I have ever seen it, it is unreal. If it continues to rain, I don't know what I am going to do," she said.

The rain caused traffic chaos across Cork city as people turned out for the city's Christmas lights ceremony.

The heavy rain over the previous 24 hours resulted in spot flooding in many areas of the city and county.

Accidents

Gardai also indicated that rain may have been a factor in two accidents on Cork's South Ring Road and on the Fermoy-Ballyduff Road.

Worst hit by the floods were low-lying areas of Cork city, including the quays and parts of Blackpool, Douglas and Rochestown.

However, the floods were restricted to roads and car parks, with no property damage reported.

Gardai urged motorists and pedestrians to exercise extreme caution in the Blackwater, Lee and Funcheon valleys due to the swollen rivers. Minor flooding was also reported in south Tipperary in low-lying areas near the River Suir.

Irish Independent