Saturday 16 December 2017

Flooding as county gets lashed by rain

By Fintan Lambe and David Tucker

Most roads, like the Arklow Road, Gorey, above, remained passable. RIGHT: The flooded Ferrycarrig Road in Carcur.
Most roads, like the Arklow Road, Gorey, above, remained passable. RIGHT: The flooded Ferrycarrig Road in Carcur.
Motorists are facing even more road works in Ferns.

OVER 40 millimetres of rain fell on Wexford last Thursday, with localised flooding reported across the district.

Wexford County Council crews were busy throughout the day attending flooded roads, and several homes that were also affected.

County Council engineer Neville Shaw said that some of the worst affected roads included the Knockduff roundabout on the bypass slip-road at Millands; under a bridge on the M11; the R772 at Clogh; the R741 at Wells; and the R725 at Ballygranell between Cranford and Gorey; as well as at Key's Cross, Craanford. Diversions were put in place where possible.

Crews were also called to assist home owners in trouble at Ballylarkin and at Garrydaniel, Monamolin. Flooding was reported on other roads such as Kilmurry, and the Arklow Road at the railway bridge in Gorey, but they were said to be passable. 'Our work was very much reactive as there were so many calls coming in,' said Neville. 'We had to give priority to houses at risk.'

Saturday saw strong winds and rain batter the country, but Neville said that they caused 'nowhere near' the problems than those experienced on Thursday.

Meanwhile, Cllr Robert Ireton went out on Thursday to use his privately owned fire engine to pump the yard of a house in Riverchapel to prevent it being flooded.

l SOUTH WEXFORD escaped relatively unscathed from Storm Desmond over the past few days as 100 km/h winds and driving rain lashed the county.

The high winds and seas disrupted some ferry sailings from Rosslare Europort but there were few reports of damage caused by the storm.

A large tree came down on a road at the Cluain Dara Estate in Clonard and several roads around the town were flooded, while power supplies were cut to areas of New Ross, Ferns, Enniscorthy, and localised flooding in the Hook area and Fethard-on-Sea, although the water drained away relatively quickly.

Wexford Fire Service was called out to reports of flooding in Cleariestown at 2 p.m. last Thursday, which turned out to be caused by leaves blocking a drain.

And shortly after 9 p.m. on Friday, a fire in a multi-fuel stove at a house in Ballyhine spread rapidly into the roof area of the building, fanned by storm-force winds. No one was hurt in the incident, however, the house was badly damaged. Two units and a water tender were in attendance.

On Saturday evening, the fire brigade attended a report of a wall near collapse in the Faythe. After the area was made safe, the task was handed over to the county council, There were several reports of minor accidents as a result of the amount of water on the roads and motorists are being advised to continue to take care over the next few days with unsettled weather and more heavy rain and high winds expected.

'A yellow warning is still in force so people should be careful,' said a fire service spokesman.

Other incidents reported over the past few days and which were not storm-related included several chimney fires, among them one in Cromwelsfort and one in Bannow, and a small house fire in St Aidan's on Sunday night. No one was hurt.

Wexford People

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