FLOODING

#Flooding Up to 40 minute traffic delays as Mountmellick comes to a standstill

Michelle Hogan

Reporter:

Michelle Hogan

Laois roads closed due to flooding

Laois roads closed due to flooding

Traffic in Mountmellick has come to a standstill this afternoon after the Owenass River burst its banks.

There are traffic delays of up to 40 minutes from one end of Mountmellick to the other.

Gardai are directing the traffic ahead of rush-hour this evening when thousands of people will use the N80 road to travel.

Mountmellick is the worst affected part of Laois and has been deemed as a "no-go" area by emergency services who are using boats to evacuated people from houses. Part of the N80 has been closed and diversions are in place around the town.

Watch footage of a car trying to get through the flood around Derrycloney here.

A number of roads have had to be closed due to flooding in Laois on Tuesday and Wednesday, November 22. 

Laois County Council has conifrmed that the following roads are closed:

N80 through Mountmellick from the MDA to Glanbia is closed on the Portlaoise side of town.

Clonrooske link road (Fairgreeen) from Mountmellick road to Mountrath road in Portlaoise is closed too. Fire service dealing with this.

Ballyfin to Mountmellick Road closed due to flooding.

Mountmellick to Rosenalis Road closed due to flooding.

Extreme caution to be taken in the Mountmellick area due to flooding.

Clonaslee area, caution is advised. Alternative routes to be taken if possible.

The N80 Stradbally/Portlaoise Road was impassable.

In Mountmellick, Manor Lane is totally impassable.

N80 at Irishtown Closed – MDA – Glanbia.

Wolfe Tone Street is totally impassable.

Derrycloney Mountmellick closed.

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

Laois Fire Service called to 16 flooding incidents in one morning.

Driving advice issued as rain and flooding hits.

WATCH: Cars attempt this deep flood outside a Laois town where houses and schools were hit.

Major national road in Laois 'impassable' due to flooding.