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A car is driven through a flooded road in Faithlegg, Co Waterford. Niall Carson/PA
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In pictures: Children carried from school during evacuation as floods hit south-east

Locals and emergency services tackled the rapidly rising waters throughout the region today.

THE LATEST WEATHER warning has seen three counties in the south-east of the country hit by flooding. 

Emergency services and ground crews were deployed to multiple locations in the county due to flooding amid a Status Orange rainfall warning.

They helped evacuate a small number of homes after some houses were breached by flooding.

Met Éireann’s Orange rain warning for Kilkenny, Waterford and Wexford remains in place until 1am. Across 17 other counties, a Status Yellow alert for rain is in place.

In Waterford, one pregnant woman had to be rescued from her home after her estate was hit by rapidly rising waters.

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The city was hit by flooding this afternoon, with river levels and surface water levels pushed up by heavy rain and leaving some routes impassable.

Councillor Jim Griffin, who has been assisting the family since their home was evacuated, told The Journal that the two-storey house in in Ferrybank was “breached within minutes” by the flood.

“They never saw the stream as strong in years. Before they knew it was was expanding and expanding, and they closed the doors but it was breached within minutes,” he said. 

Firefighters carried children on their backs during an evacuation of a flooded Kilkenny school as continued heavy rainfall led to damage to buildings and roadways in parts of the country.

Emergency responders from Thomastown and Graiguenamanagh Fire Brigades were called to evacuate St Colmcille’s National School in Inistioge due to flooding in the village.

In north Wexford, the village of Craanford saw its streets filled as the deluge made its way around the region. 

Some of the worst flooding was seen in the Faithlegg area of east Co Waterford.

The Ballycanavan Pil began to overflow around lunchtime.

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While the storm hit a number of residential areas, it also flooded farmland in parts of east Co Waterford.

The surrounding land in this photo, in an area known locally as the Bog Road, included at least half a dozen engulfed fields. 

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Meanwhile, damage was observed as overflowing rivers washed away segments of some rural roads.

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Locals were out in the village of Faithlegg attempting to clear a crucial drain and relieve the flooding. 

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