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Dublin: 6 °C Friday 22 November, 2019
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Heavy overnight rain leads to flooding, delays

The rain hit much of the country last night, with flooding reported in parts of Cork, Waterford, Wexford and other counties.

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HEAVY RAIN OVERNIGHT has lead to flooding in parts of the country – particularly the south and east – as well as delays for commuters.

In the last few hours, the heavy downpour stopped in Dublin, but the night of rain has had an impact in many areas.

Irish Rail has been communicating updates via its Twitter account, saying that some services have been curtailed.

It said that DART services are operating Greystones – Dalkey and Dun Laoghaire – Howth\ Malahide due to flooding at Sandycove. Irish Rail are onsite monitoring water levels in the affected areas.

It also explained that many delays at this time of year are due to leaf fall, which it works to tackle on a regular basis.

Roads

The AA says that there are widespread wet conditions around the country this morning following heavy overnight rain, noting that parts of the east and south east are “particularly affected”.

It says that flooding was reported in parts of Cork city centre; on the N25 Cork/Waterford Rd west of Kilmeaden at Carrolls Cross; in Wexford on the N25 Wexford/New Ross road at Bergerin Hill; while the N81/Tallaght Bypass is “impassable both ways” between the Old Bawn road and the M50 at the Glen View roundabout due to flooding.

The AA also reports excess surface water on the N81/Blessington road both ways between Brittas and Tallaght, and in Bray at the Kilcroney roundabout.

They are advising motorists to take extra care on the roads, saying to only drive through standing water if you know it’s not too deep for your car.

Take care on open or exposed roads in windy conditions, particularly in high-sided vehicles. Be mindful of pedestrians, cyclists and motorcyclists.

South Dublin County Council is also regularly updating people on flooding via Twitter, saying that there is severe flooding on the N81 at Jobstown.

Gardaí

The gardaí said this morning that there were reports of severe flooding in the following areas:

  • Longmile road, Pembroke road, Northumberland road, Blessington road in Tallaght, Jobstown, Fosters Ave, Chapelizod Rd outbound at Palmerstown and Walkinstown Rd roundabout.
  • The Strawberry beds are closed from Larachon to Tinkers Hill.
  • Slieve Bloom Park Drimnagh is impassable
  • Longmile road at junction of N7 is completely flooded.
  • At the M1 at Lusk, south of junction 5 northbound, there are cars stuck in the flooding.
They are urging all road users “to exercise extreme caution, drive with lights on and leave for your destination in plenty of time”.

Forecast

Met Éireann warned yesterday that there was a risk of flooding with heavy rain due to hit last night.

This morning, its update says that there will be outbreaks of heavy rain this morning in Leinster, Connaught and Ulster. Brighter, showery conditions will spread north from Munster.

It warns that:

However, many of the showers will become heavy and locally thundery as the day goes on. Windy in many areas also; onshore winds reaching gale force in the south and east at times may cause some coastal flooding. Highest temperatures 10 to 13 degrees Celsius.

Tonight, Met Éireann advises people to expect further heavy showers, but it says that they will “retreat to coastal districts as the night goes on”.

Read: Dublin City Council takes extra precautions over flood warning>

Earlier: Localised flooding warnings for this evening>

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