Water damage at Acragar, Mountmellick
The N80 and a substantial number of regional and local roads remain impassable today (Thursday), Laois County Council has advised.
Traffic from Tullamore travelling to Portlaoise should travel via Portarlington.
Roads within the Mountmellick area which remain impassable include:
1. Ballyfin to Mountmellick,
2. Derrycloney to Ballyfin,
3. Manor Lane,
4. Mountmellick to Portarlington,
5. Acragar and
The Council said that 35 families were evacuated by the Council and hotel accommodation provided for those who required it. A Humanitarian Aid Centre has been set up at the Community Centre at Wolfe Tone Court staffed by Laois County Council and the Department of Social Protection.
"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.
"Motorists are urged to continue to exercise caution on all roads, to observe road closure signs, drive appropriately and not attempt to drive through flooded areas and in particular to avoid the Mountmellick area.
"Emergency crews will remain in attendance and Laois County Council will continue to monitor flood levels in the County.
"Please be advised if you require the assistance of Laois County Council contact (057) 86 64000. In the event that you require the emergency services, please dial 999."
Laois County Council acknowledged the assistance provided by other local authorities and all agencies and to thank the public for their on-going co-operation.