floods

  • Large areas of the west and midlands remain underwater this morning, with the Defence Forces on standby to help out.

    Roads in parts of south Mayo, Galway, Roscommon and Sligo are closed, and diversions are in place.

    Tipperary is also badly affected, with roads closed near its borders with Galway and Offaly.

    There are also concerns over extensive flooding on the Dublin to Sligo rail line with Irish Rail warning that the service could be suspended as a result of rising flood waters in the Carrick on Shannon and Dromod areas.

    Meanwhile, a status yellow snow/ice warning is in place until midday for Donegal, Leitrim and Sligo.

  • As the Neale road in south Mayo continues to be impacted by flooding, Mayo County Council is urging motorists not to drive through floodwaters, but to take another route.

    The council has been forced to install CCTV cameras as a deterrent to drivers at The Neale crossroads, and is urging motorists not to ignore road closure signs.

    The council says floods that appear shallow could be deeper than expects, and may also have fallen trees or branches that are not visible.

    Their message is - If a road is flooded, choose another route and do not attempt to drive through the floods.

    Drivers should not move road closure signs, or drive on the wrong side of the road to avoid such signs.

    The current flooding at the Neale was discussed at yesterday's meeting of the Claremorris / Swinford Municipal area, where councillors agreed that a representative of the OPW should come before their next meeting to outline their plans for flood remediation works at this location.