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 A wall which collapsed underneath the footpath on Conyngham Road in Dublin. Picture credit; Damien Eagers/ Evening Herald  31/12/2013

A wall which collapsed underneath the footpath on Conyngham Road in Dublin. Picture credit; Damien Eagers/ Evening Herald 31/12/2013

A wall which collapsed underneath the footpath on Conyngham Road in Dublin. Picture credit; Damien Eagers/ Evening Herald 31/12/2013

A LARGE section of a wall has collapsed at Bridgewater Quay in Dublin under the weight of torrential rain and winds.

The section of embankment under the Coyningham Road collapsed at 6.30am today and spilled across a footpath, destroying a supporting wall.

While there were no reports of injuries, gardai contacted gas and electricity suppliers, as well as Dublin City Council, to ensure services were unaffected.

A section of yellow pipe, believed to be a gas main, was exposed but was not thought to be damaged.

Poor weather conditions also caused a landslide on the rail line at Legan, near Thomastown between Waterford and Kilkenny, forcing passengers to transfer by bus.

Dublin City Council said it had engineers inspecting the site of the collapse early today and that support structures were being put in place while the rubble was being cleared from the ramp to the Bridgewater Quay apartment complex to allow residents access.

 

Precaution

The left lane of Conyngham Road outbound at the site was closed as a precaution until the area was assessed.

Meanwhile, Met Eireann has said there will be no let-up to the weather with thundery showers, rain and blustery winds on the horizon.

A spokesman added that given the highly changeable and wet conditions, and the fact that land is waterlogged, the probability of river flooding will increase in many areas.

The agency has issued severe weather warnings for many parts of the country as up to 100mm (four inches) of rain is predicted over the next 10 days.

The warning comes as a big clean-up operation continued in the aftermath of Ireland's worst winter storm in 15 years. There is now a serious risk of flooding due to the amount of rainfall and localised flood warnings have been issued in Cork, Galway, Roscommon, Tipperary and Waterford.

Showers will spread from the west today, but they will mostly die out in the early part of tonight, and forecasters said that conditions should be dry for ringing in the New Year.

Tomorrow will see a return to wet and windy weather.

cfeehan@herald.ie


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