Photo by Kevin Byrne.
The N80 through Mountmellick town from Portlaoise to Tullamore has been completely closed ahead of rush-hour traffic.
Laois County Council Roads Department has confirmed that the N80 coming into and leaving the Mountmellick from Portlaosie and Tullamore sides is closed and diversions are being put in place.
The best way to avoid Mountmellick is to go to Portarlington.
Traffic has been moving very slowly with up to 40 minute delays getting through the town since Midday.
A total of 20 families have been evacuated from their flooded homes in Mountmellick. The Owenass Rover which runs through the town burst its banks early on Wednesday, November 22.
Local creches and businesses are flooded with water and the two national schools in the town closed early today for health and safety reasons.
A full list of official road closures in Laois are outlined below.
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.