FLOODING:

Road closure updates for Mountmellick and Portarlington and flood relief scheme in place

Lynda Kiernan

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Lynda Kiernan

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Road closure updates for Mountmellick and Portarlington and flood relief scheme in place

Floods on Patrick Street in Portarlington. Photo: Michael Scully

The latest update just released from Laois County Council is that the floods have subsided in Mountmellick, but Portarlington is still affected as water moves downstream to flood the River Barrow.

The main thoroughfare through Mountmellick, the N80, has now been reopened to traffic.    

However six miles north in Portarlington, Botley Lane, Bog Road and Patrick Street are now closed to traffic.  See more here. 

The council  say that diversions are in place for drivers, and they will continue to monitor the situation.

"Members of the public are requested to observe road closure signs, drive appropriately and not attempt to drive through flooded areas," a council spokesperson has said.

As the clean-up continues in Mountmellick, government assistance is being offered by way of money.

The Council’s Housing Service and the Department of Social Protection is continuing to provide support and assistance to those affected by the floods. Anyone who requires support including emergency housing, dealing with the aftermath at their properties or any other humanitarian need can call to the Humanitarian Aid Centre at Wolfe Tone Court Mountmellick.

"This service will continue to be provided at the Centre until 6pm this evening and will be available again from 9am to 2pm tomorrow Saturday," the council said.

Useful information on how to deal with the aftermath of flooding.

Defence Minister, Paul Kehoe, has announced a humanitarian flooding scheme to provide emergency assistance for small businesses (up to 20 employees), sports clubs and community organisations unable to secure flood insurance, which have been affected by flooding.  

This scheme is being administered by the Irish Red Cross and details can be accessed here.