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New flood fear as rain storms set to lash city

FLASH floods could be on the way back, weather forecasters have warned.

Motorists were being told to brace themselves today for heavy rainfall and high winds over the next 36 hours.

Emergency services have been put on storm and flood alert.

The fresh fears of floods come as Dublin's local authorities revealed how they struggled to cope with the October deluge.

The Herald can reveal that Tanaiste Eamon Gilmore had to intervene to get emergency calls answered in his Dun Laoghaire constituency.

Cllr Carrie Smyth (Lab) said she received a call from the Tanaiste on the night of the floods because the Government was inundated with calls from locals complaining that they could not contact their local authority.

"Nobody could reach the council, which prompted the Tanaiste to contact me to find out what was going on. That should be a serious indication for the need to update various technologies operating on behalf of the council," she said.

Separately worried Fingal residents were waiting over eight minutes for emergency calls to be answered by the council's out-of-hours service.

Fingal County Council says it was looking at ways to improve its out-of-hours call service to local residents, as 49pc of peoplewere unable to get through.



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The Road Safety Authority has now issued another road safety alert, saying that "some periods of heavy rainfall are expected from Thursday morning through to Saturday morning with accumulations of up to 80mm expected, leading to flooding in some places." However, Met Eireann say that the downpours will be more gradual this time and shouldn't have the same devastating impact.

The heaviest rainfall was expected in coastal counties of the West where coastal flooding is expected, it said.

The poor weather will create "potentially hazardous" conditions for road users, the RSA warned.


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