The East Coast of Ireland was hit with an unprecedented and intense level of rainfall yesterday, lasting from early in the afternoon to late in the night. Dublin City Council linked closely with Met Eireann who confirmed that 80ml of rainfall fell during this time, equating to one months rainfall in half a day.
All the Principal Response Agencies (PRAs) – Dublin City Council, South Dublin County Council, the Gardai and the HSE deployed staff to deal with the emergency throughout the night . The Civil Defence also assisted. A conference call was held at 7.00am this morning at which situation reports were given by each of the Agencies, detailing the work being done by each one.
The HSE have confirmed that they dealt with a number of casualties throughout the night. However emergency calls have largely returned to normal at this stage. They also evacuated 3 nursing homes hit by the floodwater.
In terms of traffic mangement, the main commuter routes in the Region are passable but commuters are asked to exercise caution and not to drive into floods. The M. 50 has reopened in its entirety following a number of Slip closures last night. Wolfetone Quay Northbound is closed and traffic coming into the City from the West and commuters are advised to take alternative routes and divert using the M. 50, to avoid serious delays. All Dublin Bus routes are open with diversions in place and commuters are advised to consult the Dublin Bus Website and to listen to News Bulletins and Traffic updates. The Luas is also fully operational at this stage.
- Harolds Cros Road is impassable, is closed to motorists but open to Buses.
- Parnell Road is closed and Drainage crews are on site to work on clearing the flood.
- The N.11 at the UCD interchange is closed but traffic can use the flyover at this point.
- The N. 81 at Jobstown is also virtually impassable.
The PRAs are responding as best we can to individual problem locations.
Following an extremely busy night Dublin Fire Brigade has confirmed that normal levels of activity havs resumed at this point.
We are aware of a number of locations where properties have been flooded and we are assessing each one to determine what additional support the City Council can give in this regard. At this stage we can confirm that numbers of properties affected are in the hundreds.
The PRAs are gathering information at present and this will take some time given the short time span in which this severe weather event took place and owing to its magnitude.
All available resources were deployed from each of the Principal Response Agencies and the Civil Defence to deal with the emergency, in a response and rescue operation, and to ensure that all efforts are focussed on getting those affected by the flooding to safety.
For further information please contact: 01-2222222 (normal working hours) or 01-6796186 (After hours)