Flooding: Road closures and evacuation updates from Mountmellick

Lynda Kiernan

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Lynda Kiernan

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Flooding at Irishtown Mountmellick. Pic: Kevin Byrne

Mountmellick floods are still blocking the main N80 route through the town this morning, Friday November 24, while the council has confirmed how many families were evacuated and given emergency accommodation.

Following the floods last Wednesday, Laois County Council is this morning advising drivers that "a substantial number of regional and local roads continue to remain impassable including the N80".

Traffic travelling between Tullamore and Portlaoise is directed to travel via Portarlington.

Roads within the Mountmellick area which remain impassable include Ballyfin to Mountmellick, Derrycloney to Ballyfin, Manor Lane, Mountmellick to Portarlington, Acragar and Irishtown.

In total, 35 families were evacuated by the Council and hotel accommodation in Portlaoise was provided for them.

A Humanitarian Aid Centre is open at the Community Centre at Wolfe Tone Court, staffed by Laois County Council and the Department of Social Protection. See more on aid here.

Fire crews from Westmeath, Longford, and Offaly provided assistance overnight.

"These have now been replaced again by Laois Fire Crews. Army personnel are also providing assistance. Laois Fire Services, Civil Defence and Road Crews remain in response mode," the council have stated this morning.

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Motorists are urged to continue to exercise caution on all roads.

"Observe road closure signs, drive appropriately and do not attempt to drive through flooded areas and in particular to avoid the Mountmellick area," the council say.

Emergency crews will remain in attendance and Laois County Council will continue to monitor flood levels in the County.

If you require the assistance, call them at (057) 86 64000. If it is an emergency, please dial 999.  

"Laois County Council would like to acknowledge the assistance provided by other local authorities and all agencies and to thank the public for their on-going co-operation," the spokesperson has said.

Mountmellick soccer club offering free hot food.

Watch scenes from the flood here