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Photos show extent of Storm Desmond flooding across the country

Some roads are impassable with serious flooding in some areas.

Updated 6pm

THERE HAVE BEEN REPORTS of flooding all along the west coast of Ireland as Storm Desmond continues to batter the country.

AA Roadwatch has warned of flooding in Donegal, Kerry, Galway, Clare, Sligo and Mayo.

This evening gardaí have said the N59 Bellmullet to Ballina road in Mayo, through Crossmolina, is “completely impassable” due to the River Deel bursting its banks. Severe flooding is reported throughout the area. Gardaí are advising motorists to avoid the area completely tonight.

Clare County Council is reporting “extensive flooding” across the county with numerous roads closed to traffic due to the ongoing heavy rainfall. Tom Tiernan, senior engineer with the council said a number of tributaries, streams and rivers have overflowed.

We are advising members of the public to avoid all travel other than when necessary while Met Éireann’s red alert remains in place.

He added that the flooding situation on the county’s road network is unlikely to improve until overnight and during tomorrow.

Photos show extent of Storm Desmond flooding across the country
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    Flooding in Kenmare, county Kerry.Source: Nora Finnegan
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    Flooding in Kenmare, county Kerry.Source: Nora Finnegan
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    Flooding in Kenmare, county Kerry.Source: Niamh Finnegan
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    Flooding in a field near the N5 in Longford.Source: Tiernan Dolan
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    Flooding in a field near the N5 in Longford.
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    Fr Casey's gaa football pitch in county Limerick.
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    Loo bridge, near Glenflesk, in county Kerry.Source: Henk Offereins
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    Flooding in Crossmolina, county Mayo.
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    Flooding in Crossmolina, county Mayo.

The Road Safety Authority has advised drivers to choose another route if the road ahead is flooded. If possible, you should not attempt to drive through it as the water may be deeper than you think.

After going through water, drive slowly with your foot on the brake pedal for a short distance – this helps to dry the brakes. On narrow roads only one car at a time should go through the flooded area so as to avoid one flooding the other.

Have you got photos of flooding in your area? Send them to michelle@thejournal.ie.

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