Storm Babet: Flooding causes train delays and impassable roads in Dublin and Wicklow
By The Headlines, October 21, 2023 | 11:57 AM
- Flooding and hazardous driving conditions will result from heavy rain in Dublin and Wicklow.
- Leo Varadkar, the Taoiseach, promises immediate support for individuals affected by the devastation in Cork.
Some roads around Dublin are inaccessible, and the heavy rain has seriously affected rail operations.
Irish Rail advised customers that DART services were 80 minutes or more behind schedule as a result of signaling problems brought on by this evening's severe rain.
Dublin and Wicklow have received a Status Orange rain warning from Met Eireann, while two other counties have received yellow warnings.
Status Yellow warnings have also been issued for Louth and Meath until 9 pm tonight, while the orange warning will be in effect in the capital and Wicklow until 8 am tomorrow.
Flooding and hazardous driving conditions could result from heavy rain in Dublin and Wicklow, according to Met Eireann.
There are growing concerns that the east coast could receive more than 80mm of rain in the next 36 hours.
Emergency teams are on standby at the request of the councils in Wicklow and Dublin due to concerns that the extreme amount of rainfall may overrun some drains and culverts.
The pain of more flooding hit Cork on Friday as a result of overnight storms.
In less than 24 hours, Storm Babet had earlier poured on east Cork about a month's worth of rain (approximately 120mm).
Flooding was recorded at the Woodland Estate, Mill Road, and Riverview in Midleton as well as significant road flooding in Kanturk on Thursday night. Streams, rivers, drains, and fields that had already been soaked during Storm Babet downpours were unable to handle the additional rain.
Although a number of residential properties were left without power due to flooding for the second time in 48 hours, the damage was not quite as severe as the carnage in Midleton on Wednesday night.
The Woodland Estate was hardest damaged, with flooding made worse by the high tide making parts of Riverside and Mill Road unusable.
Given the current flood risk, Cork Co Council urged people to stay away from Midleton.
Leo Varadkar, the Taoiseach, announced the flood support allocation would be €10 million, but he pledged that it would not be capped and that more funding would be made available as needed.
"There is an initial grant of €5,000 just to get people going and then a higher grant of up to €20,000 but I think we will have to increase that because the level of damage to some of the stock here is very high - people have brought stock in for Christmas."
"The government is ready to assist and will make every effort to support local communities."