Laois emergency services on alert for flooding

Laois emergency services are on alert to step in if this week’s heavy rain leads to flooding.

Laois emergency services are on alert to step in if this week’s heavy rain leads to flooding.

As of Thursday afternoon, emergency crews had yet to be called out to any major flooding but with more rain promised over the next 48 hours, crews are on standbay to help if needed.

Anthony Tynan, Assistant Chief Fire Officer with the Laois Fire Service, said it can be a few hours after the rainfall when flooding can occur around the Slieve Blooms.

“There has been nothing major yet, but it’s normally a few hours later when we have reports of flooding in Laois. The water runs off the Slieve Blooms and then the rivers rise,”

Liam Preston, Laois Civil Defence said measures put in by the council over the last few years to alleviate flooding were paying off, but he said the could not predict flooding.

“The rivers were so low, that was a good thing. But we have flood watch teams monitoring what’s going on. I don’t think the rainfall has been heavy enough yet. The council have done a lot to alleviate flooding over the last few years and that is paying off. But we can’t predict what’s going to happen.”

Met Eireann have issued a severe weather warning with further periods of very heavy rain expected in all areas throughout the rest of the day, overnight and for a time tomorrow.

The Gardaí are also urging drivers to use caution with the severe weather forecast

They appealed to drivers to be aware of all others on the road and travel a safe distance from cars in front of you.

The Gardaí also 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.