Tuesday 21 November 2017

Rain, rain go away: threat of further flooding this week

Don Lavery

IRELAND could be hit by more floods this week with windy and wet weather in store for much of the country. Met Eireann said the weather will be unsettled and changeable for much of the week.

"There will be an ongoing threat of some local spot flooding, with southern and western areas most at risk," the Met Eireann said.

"It will be windy and blustery tonight and for much of Monday with spells of heavy rain in many areas.

"Strong southerly winds will gust to 80 or 90kmh -- strongest along the west coast. The rain will be especially heavy over west Munster and western counties of Connacht, with 25 to 30mm of rain likely, and this may well lead to some local spot flooding.

"Rain at times elsewhere too, with the odd heavy burst. The rain will clear from the west later tomorrow and winds will decrease to moderate south-westerly," Met Eireann said.

Unusually, heavy rain last week led to chaos, claiming two lives, with rivers bursting their banks and the monsoon-like weather causing traffic disruption.

However, much of Tuesday will be dry with just scattered showers and with some bright or sunny spells at times too

Met Eireann said: "Another spell of very windy and very wet weather is set to develop later on Tuesday night and early Wednesday. Strong and blustery south to south-east winds are expected, gusting over 90 kmh in exposed places, along with some heavy bursts of rain, with the heaviest of the rain expected over south Munster, where some flooding is possible.

"Some rain or showers on Thursday too, heaviest in the south and south-west, but early indications suggest that drier, cooler weather may develop late next week or next weekend with frost at night."

Meanwhile, Dart commuters and passengers on Rosslare and Gorey rail services face serious disruption for the next two weeks as a result of damage to ground next to a pier on the Dodder Bridge at Lansdowne Road station.

An inspection by divers last Friday evening confirmed the damage caused by at least two large trees which fell in last Monday's storm and were swept downstream by the River Dodder before lodging under the bridge leading to a build-up of debris.

In a statement issued late on Friday night, Iarnrod Eireann said that it had closed the structure as a precautionary measure to allow repair works to be carried out. The decision to do so was based on safety protocols introduced in the wake of the Malahide viaduct incident in 2009.

Today, Dart services will operate from Howth and Malahide to Clontarf Road and from Sydney Parade to Greystones. There will be no Dart service between Clontarf Road and Sydney Parade today. The line is closed between Grand Canal Dock and Sydney Parade.

An hourly shuttle train service will operate between Clontarf Road and Connolly stations. Dart customers can also use valid rail tickets to avail of Dublin Bus services.

From tomorrow , Dart services will operate between Howth and Malahide and Grand Canal Dock and between Sydney Parade and Greystones. Southside services will operate every 30 minutes to the scheduled Greystones Dart timetable.

Rosslare and Gorey rail services will operate to Bray, with bus transfers being made available to take passengers from Bray to Connolly station in Dublin.

Other commuter services which operate from Drogheda and Maynooth to Dun Laoghaire and Bray will terminate at Pearse station.

Sunday Independent

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