Weather: Concern as rivers remain high

KILKENNY appears to have escaped the worst of the bad weather this morning, with no major incidents of flooding, road closures or power cuts reported.

KILKENNY appears to have escaped the worst of the bad weather this morning, with no major incidents of flooding, road closures or power cuts reported.

However, rivers around the county remain at high levels and low-lying areas are still at risk of rising waters. Gardai have also urged motorists to take special care on the roads due to the inclement conditions.

The Barrow is continuing to rise as rain persists in Graignamanagh, and water levels in the Duiske are also high. “If there is much more rain, the Barrow will flood,” reported Cllr Tommy Prendergast.

The Deen River in Castlecomer is also well above its normal water level, as is the Dinan. This led to disappointment for over 100 children from Slieverue NS, Shillelagh NS in Co Wicklow and Tinahely NS in County Wicklow who were unable to challenge the Tree Top Walk at Castlecomer Discovery Park as a result of the river Deen bursting its banks at the Big Bridge. In North Kilkenny, localised flooding was reported at Dysart, Knocknadogue, Damerstown, Corbetstown, Croghtenclogh, Moneenroe, Massford, Deerpark and Chatsworth.

In the city, the River Nore remains swollen, but Kilkenny County Council says there has been no flooding, despite some surface water at the Water Barracks. The council also says that there have been no reported incidents of trees down, and roads remain open with the exception of Bleach Road at Dunmore, which is impassable at present.

According to the Kilkenny Weather website, total rainfall since midnight has been 16 mm in Kilkenny city.

In Thomastown, the river level is high but the town has avoided flooding for the moment, said Cllr Michael O’Brien.