Road flood alert from Met Éireann and Fire Service after heavy rain sweeps Laois and Leinster counties

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Road flood alert from Met Éireann after heavy rain sweeps Laois and Leinster counties

Rain sweeps country causing fllooding.

Met Éireann says rain is clearing but 'surface water' will continue to be a problem this afternoon after heavy rain this weekend.

Laois County Fire and Rescue Service also warned motorists to be on alert on the county's roads after dealing with heavy flooding on Sunday, January 21 from 9am.

The forecaster did not issue a Weather Warning for the widespread rain that has caused widespread flooding across the centre of Ireland on Sunday.

In its latest forecast, Met Éireann said surface water would continue to affect many roads this afternoon but the heavy rain will gradually turn more to showers before finally clearing the east coast by evening. Highest temperatures today 8 to 13 degrees with blustery south-westerly winds.

Shay Brennan of the Laois County Fire and Rescue Service urged motorists to avoid flooded roads. "If it looks too deep it is too deep," he said.

Fire Officer Brennan advised people who have no choice to drive appropriately. Road Safety Advice on driving in a flood here.

A number of tweets issued by the forecaster showed pulses heavy rain. A radar image taken at midday Sunday showed the heaviest of this rain over the midlands and the Sleive Blooms.