Storm and flood alert issued as heavy rain forecast
FLOODS are due to hit the country again from this morning, making driving very dangerous in some areas. Emergency services were last night put on storm and flood alert.
Much of the stormy weather and flooding expected over the next 48 hours will affect the west and south.
Met Eireann issued a weather warning last night, predicting that up to 80mm of rain is forecast to fall between today and Saturday, causing local flooding.
Similar levels of rainfall recently caused loss of life and extensive flood damage in the Dublin region. This time west Munster and west Connacht are likely to be worst hit.
Motorists are being urged to drive with extra care as coastal flooding is expected and driving conditions will be dangerous.
The Road Safety Authority (RSA) urged all road users to be especially cautious over the next few days.
The poor weather would create potentially hazardous conditions for road users, the RSA warned.
Because it takes longer to stop a vehicle on wet roads or to slow down, motorists were urged to allow extra distances between the vehicle in front and to take special care when driving behind heavy goods vehicles.
"Watch out for vulnerable road users, such as pedestrians, cyclists and motorcyclists; and use dipped headlights at all times of poor visibility."
Meanwhile, Dublin City councillors will decide next month if controversial flood defences planned for Clontarf will go ahead.
Officials yesterday revealed that councillors were expected to vote on whether grass mounds would be built between the sea and road along a 3km stretch, with council executive manager Tom Leahy saying it was a "democratic decision".
New plans for flood defences in the suburb were put on public display yesterday.
The council wants to build a series of grass mounds along the coastline from the Clontarf baths to the Woodenbridge, but local residents are furious that part of their sea views will be blocked by the mounds.
The new plans mean that the maximum height of the mounds in some places will be just over 7ft, and 1.5ft at the lowest level.
Local architect Antoinette O'Neill, who is opposed to the project, said last night the scheme was just too big.
"We're not convinced. Seven feet is too high. There are security issues, and we're really struggling with this."