News Weather

Tuesday 23 January 2018

Coastal areas at risk of further flooding after morning chaos

Paul Melia

Paul Melia

HEAVY rain and high tides are expected to cause further widespread flooding in coastal areas today.

Dublin and Cork were hit with the worst of the overnight rain, but Met Eireann has warned of further outbreaks this morning across the country, with showery conditions spreading from Munster during the course of the day.

“Many of the showers will become heavy and locally thundery as the day goes on,” it said. “It will be windy in many areas also with onshore winds reaching gale force in the south and east at times which may cause some coastal flooding.”

Commuters in Dublin and the south-east were hit with delays in services this morning because of water on train lines.

DART services in Dublin were delayed, but are now running normally, but bus transfers remain in operation between Waterford and Kilkenny.

“There were delays on DART services because trains had to run at walking speeds between Dun Laoghaire and Dalkey because of flooding at Sandyford,” Iarnrod Eireann said.

“Waterford station is flooded so there’s bus transfers to Kilkenny but all other services are operating normally.”

Gardai have urged motorists to take extra care after severe flooding hits parts of the Dublin today.

Longmile Road, Pembroke Road, Northumberland Road, Blessington Road in Tallaght, Jobstown, Fosters Avenue, the Chapelizod Road outbound at Palmerstown and Walkinstown Road roundabout are also badly affected.

The Strawberry Beds are closed from Larachon to Tinkers Hill, while Slieve Bloom Park in Drimnagh is impassable and the Longmile Road at the junction of N7 is completely flooded.

Cars were stuck in floodwaters at Lusk south of junction 5 northbound, and motorists have been told to exercise extreme caution and drive with their lights on with cyclists urged to take extra care.

In Cork, Morrison's Island, Lavitt's Quay, Union Quay and Father Matthew Quay were impassable due to flooding, although flood waters are said to have receded in some areas.

Up to 50mm of rain is expected to fall over the course of the day and high tides may result in further flooding.

The AA also reporting flooding in Wexford, south Kerry, Offaly and Laois.

Irish Independent

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