FLOODING

'Mountmellick is a no-go area' Emergency services pulling families out of flooded homes in Laois

Michelle Hogan

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Michelle Hogan

'Mountmellick is a no go area' Laois Civil Defense pulling families out of flooded homes in Laois

Photo by Denis Byrne.

"Mountmellick is a no-go area" due to bad flooding that has occurred after heavy rainfall according to Liam Preston Chief Officer with Laois Civil Defense.

Liam told the Leinster Express that the Civil Defense has been out all morning and that Mountmellick is the worst affected area in Laois.

"Most of Mountmellick, Cloncannon and Clonterry, down by Manor Road we are pulling vehicles out and we are taking families out of their homes, a lot of homes are gone down. This area is completely impassable at the moment we are trying to save a housing estate," he said.

Families in homes on Manor Road are being evacuated by emergency services using boats as their houses have been flooded.

Heavy rainfall last night, and the water now flowing down from the Slieve Bloom Mountains has caused the Owenass River which runs through the town to completely burst its banks. 

The Owenass River in Irishtown has burst its banks, completely flooding the playground, the MDA grounds, and now flowing down the N80 road towards the town.

These dramatic photos by Denis Byrne shows just how serious the flooding has become in the town.

Picture Copyright Denis Byrne.

BREAKING: Owenass River has burst its banks, flooding the N80 main road through Mountmellick.

Key routes hit as Laois roads close due to flooding.