Fallen debris and flash flooding the main risks on roads this morning

Donegal and Sligo County Councils are warning people of flash flooding and fallen trees this morning.

Gardai say there is a lot of debris on roads especially in the Ballymote area where a bush is partially blocking the road into Sligo. There are also trees down now on the Ballintrillick to Cliffoney road.

In Leitrim, there is a tree down between on the road between Kinlough and Manorhamilton and there’s an ESB pole down on the Dromahair Bohey road.

Areas like the Mardyke in Sligo town and the coastal road in Easkey are being monitored around high tide this morning at half past eight. Tubber Access buses has informed Ocean FM they are not running today.

The Pier car park in Donegal town remains closed and in Sligo

Tom Brennan Senior Engineer with Sligo County Council says with leaves still on the trees the possibility of fallen trees and flash flooding on roads is likely:

Sligo County Council 8am update: 

No major incident reported overnight in county sligo. With status orange warning in place until 5pm today with strong winds and heavy rain,  Council roads and fire service staff will continue to monitor the situation throughout the day.

Motorists and other road users asked to continue to take extreme care  on all routes, particularly on coastal or other exposed roads, as danger of fallen trees and flooding in vulnerable areas.

Donegal County Council – Key messages:

  • Property owners and occupiers of properties in the coastal areas of Donegal Town and Killybegs that are susceptible to flooding should be prepared and should take necessary precautions.
  • The Council closed the Pier Carpark yesterday evening until further notice

Based in information available at this time, the areas most susceptible to flooding are the coastal areas of Donegal Town and Killybegs and the Council is urging property owners and occupiers of properties in these areas to be prepared and to take the necessary precautions.

Homeowners, property owners and businesses should take precautions to secure any loose items of furniture, hoardings, scaffolding, signage and items such as trampolines and bins, which would be vulnerable to strong winds.

Donegal County Council will continue to monitor the situation and will provide further updates on Facebook and on Twitter @DonegalCouncil #StormCallum.

The Council can be contacted during normal business hours on 074 91 53900 and in the event of an out of hours emergency the Council’s Road Service can be contacted on 074 91 72288.  Irish Water can be contacted on 1850 278 278.  For emergencies requiring the assistance of the Fire Service call 999.

You can sign up for free weather alerts to your phone by registering at www.mapalerter.com/donegal.