Houses at risk as floods hit Mountmellick

Several houses were at being flooded around Mountmellick as water levels around them continue to rise caused by the torrential rain.

Several houses were at being flooded around Mountmellick as water levels around them continue to rise caused by the torrential rain.

The Civil Defence have been at the scene since on the Ballyfin Road since 7am this morning helping motorists through the flood waters and monitoring the water levels. Liam Preston is head of Laois Civil Defence.

“The Ballyfin and surrounding roads have been closed. The river is out everywhere, the fields are flooded. We’re towing cars, vans and everything out. “Mountmellick is prone to flooding, we’ve been here since 7am and the water level is still rising,” he said.

The Laois Fire Service said so far the rainfall has not been as bad as predicted and they have had no reports of any major flooding.

“There was some flooding in Shanahoe yesterday, but there has been no serious floods reported and no damamge to property,” Anthony Tynan, assistant chief fire officer said.

He said they had not been called to Mountmellick but the fire service would remain on alert over the weekend.

“It’s supposed to dry up tonight, but flooding can be very hard to predict. In places like Mountmellick it can be hours before it takes effect as water comes down from the waterfalls.

“We are on alert 24/7 but we are quiet happy with the situation at the moment. We didn’t seem to get the rainfall as bad as had been forecast, it was worst in the West of the country.”

On Thursday, the Gardaí issued a warning to motorists to use caution on the roads.

They warned that conditions can be changeable from area to area so always drive at a speed suitable to conditions, and remain conscious that localised flooding may occur, and visibility may be reduced.