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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

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

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

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.”

Fire crews in Dublin are currently freeing cars trapped in Sandyford and in Kinsealy near the golf centre.

Rathfarnham is one of the worst areas affected in the capital, where homes were flooded and bus routes diverted due to high 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.

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.

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

Dublin Bus said there are diversions on a number of routes due to flooding, while Irish Rail said trains to/from Greystones and to/from Drogheda/Dundalk are delayed due to flooding affecting signalling.

Met Eireann said while weather warnings are being lifted, and many areas are dry this morning, more rainfall is due later today. There are also strong, gusty east to southeast winds.

However the rainfall will not be as persistent. prolonged or heavy as overnight, said forecaster Gerry Murphy.

Dublin Fire Brigade said it dealt with flooding calls in Ballymun, Clonshaugh, Sandymount & Blakes Cross over night, with the  control centre also taking calls for Wexford, Laois, Kildare, Cavan and Louth.

“Most of the calls relate to water entering houses and impassable roads,” it said.

Housing estates were flooded in Cleristown and Rosslare in Co Wexford, in Bettystown and Summerhill in Meath, and in Athy in Kildare.

In Laois, a motorist had to be rescued by a fire crew after becoming trapped in their car on a flooded road in Milltown.

A kayaker died in the fast flowing water near the Lough Dan area of the Wicklow Mountains yesterday.

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 scattered showers will continue this evening and tonight, mainly in coastal counties.

"They'll be heavy or prolonged in the east with a risk of flooding," it added.

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