One house flooded in Laois after anxious day of rising rivers

Michelle Hogan

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Michelle Hogan

One house flooded in Laois after anxious day of rising rivers

Irishtown Mountmellick on November 22. Photo Denis Byrne

One house in Irishtown, Mountmellick was flooded on Sunday night after a day of fear over the rising Owenass River.

Locals monitored the river until 11pm on Sunday night when the water level had dropped by one foot from its highest point that day.

See pictures of the river at its highest here.

The house that was flooded is close to Mountmellick Fire Station on Pearse Street in Irishtown.

Water was overflowing into the local park and part of the N80 was closed around 7pm for a time as fire crews pumped water off the road.

Thousands of sandbags were filled in Mountmellick by Laois County Council staff, Laois Civil Defence and volunteers who walked in off the street to help.

People concerned about possible flooding collected sandbags from the depot at the Conor Davis Park, Bay Road, Mountmellick and others were delivered to people.

Many homes were saved from flooding by Laois Fire and Rescue crews. Flooding was prevented at three homes in Acragar, Mountmellick and in Black Hills in the Tae Lane area of Abbeyleix.

Today, January 22, marks two months since the town was devastated by severe flooding.

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Fire Officer Shay Brennan outlined the incidents responded to.

He said that crews were “bombarded” with requests, that were not coming through the emergency system.

Crews were at Tower Hill in Portlaoise town on Sunday as water was flowing up through the manholes on the street and onto the road.

In Mountrath, crews finished up around 10pm after the area near the girl’s national school and GAA pitch was a high risk for potential flooding. No flooding occurred and the school was able to open as normal on Monday.

A section of the road at Kilbricken, Mountrath and the Shanahoe Road, Mountrath were closed by Laois County Council staff on Sunday as it was impassable and nothing could be done about the water flooding the road.

Sandbags were needed at Clarney Hall, on the Borris-in-Ossory Road in Rathdowney and a large farmyard at Donaghmore was flooded.

Mountmellick fire crews got a “scare” with the water building up on the road outside the fire station which is just getting back to normal after it was under water in November.

Shay Brennan said that station suffered “substantial flooding” back in November and that new floors have just been put in.

In the middle of 65 fire staff working on floods, there was an emergency in Stradbally where Three people were involved in a car crash.

"Flooding is flooding but we don't want to dilute our ability to cover emergencies in the county, it is a juggling act.

"We have to maintain our ability to cover everything," Shay Brennan said.

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