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Families demand action as flood blackspots hit again

Councils have been urged to tackle Dublin's flooding blackspots as weekend downpours wreaked havoc for families.

Intense rain in the early hours of Saturday caused flooding at a number of locations around the city and county.

Independent councillor Damian O'Farrell, who witnessed serious flooding on Collins Avenue East early on Saturday morning, said residents had resorted to desperate measures to keep the water from their front door.

"City councillors received warnings about the possibility of floods at the weekend. When I arrived at Collins Avenue East I could see two or three cars stuck in water," he said.

PUMPS

"Pumps were being used by two families to keep their houses from flooding. I could see loads of water gushing from them. These families had bought the pumps a few years ago and they would have been badly flooded without them."

An local underground river named The Wad had risen significantly with the heavy rains.

Cllr O'Farrell called for property tax funds to be spent on anti-flooding works.

"Flooding is the biggest problem facing Dubliners, and that can be tackled with money," he said. "With the €200m coming in from property taxes, the council could solve these problems."

Met Eireann issued an orange warning - the second highest level - for vulnerable areas early on Saturday.

Flooding in Ballymun caused two prisoners to be evacuated from cells in the garda station.

Council staff monitored rivers and streams throughout the city during the downpours, and its risk assessment group was active before and during the heavy rains.

A spokesperson for Dublin City Council said 85mm of rain fell in some parts of the city in the early hours of Saturday.

Among the areas worst hit were Santry, Malahide, Drumcondra and Clontarf.

The coast road along the northside of Dublin Bay between Clontarf and Raheny was inundated and had to be closed by gardai. On the southside, parts of Ballybrack and Dalkey were badly affected.

Dart services between Dun Laoghaire and Bray had to be cancelled for four hours as water spilled onto the tracks.

Meanwhile, forecasters say there is little chance of a return to the hot barbecue weather over the next few days, with frequent showers and a risk of thunder predicted. However, things are expected to pick up on Thursday and Friday.

Temperatures

Cool temperatures had people reaching for their woolly jumpers on Saturday, and sun lovers will have to wait just a little longer for any repeat of the glorious days enjoyed near the end of July. Temperatures are expected to reach around 17C to 21C this week.

"We were spoiled over the last couple of weeks," said a Met Eireann forecaster.

"It's back to normal temperatures for the coming week."

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