28 Sept 2022

Council crews on standby as all rivers in Carlow experience increase in levels

Slaney rose by over 1m in 24hrs at Tullow over the weekend and has now fallen back again

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River Burrin in Carlow Town (Credit: Eugene Walsh)

Carlow County Council crews remain on standby as all rivers in Carlow have experienced an increase in levels over the last few days with more rain forecasted over the next 48 hours. 

Water Service, Roads and Fire Service crews were "extremely busy" over the weekend dealing with the impacts of the bad weather in the lead up to, during and after Storm Deirdre.

There have been operating issues at many of the counties Water and Wastewater Treatment plants due to both high river levels and power cuts.

The local authority said: "Great credit is due to our Water Services crews who ensured that there was no impact to customers."

Roads crews were required to deal with numerous instances of spot flooding on roads around the county.

The north-east of the county, in the Hacketstown and Clonmore area was particularly badly hit. Among a number of other issues the Fire Service was required to deal with a fallen tree on the Carlow to Castledermot road on Saturday night. 

Due to the heavy rainfall, all rivers in Carlow experienced significant increases in levels.

The Barrow rose by 0.6metres in 24hrs and continues to rise slightly, albeit at a slower rate. The Burrin rose by 0.5metres in 24hrs and also continues to rise slowly.

The Slaney rose by over 1m in 24hrs at Tullow and has now fallen back again. The Dereen River in the East of the county and the Mountain River in the South of the county reached flood levels resulting in local issues.

Carlow has been included in a Status Yellow wind warning due to come into effect on Monday from 7pm. 

In a statement the local authority added: "Carlow County Council personnel continue to monitor these river levels. Crews remain on standby to respond to issues as they arise.

"Motorists should continue to be vigilant and alert and anticipate instances of spot flooding and wind blown debris.

"Members of the public wishing to access Carlow County Council's Out-of-Hours service can do so by dialling 059 91 70300 and following the instructions given on the recorded message.

"Carlow County Council personnel will continue to monitor the Met Eireann forecasts and river levels."

Forecaster Alan O'Reilly said: "Rainfall for the same period (of weather warning) shows up to 40mm possible in 24 hours and while no weather warnings have been issued flooding is possible due to high water levels before this rain arrives.

"This is a perfect example of why we flood warning system or at least an impact based weather warning system. 30-40mm may not trigger a weather warning in its own right but add in river levels and the impact could be serious in some areas."

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