A swollen River Nore rises under the bridge in Thomastown. Picture courtesy of Councillor Breda Gardner
Extreme caution has been advised in a number of south Kilkenny towns following the extreme rainfall overnight, which has continued and will last until at least 6pm this evening.
Thomastown, Graignamanagh and Inistioge are the towns advised to be on alert, with river levels rising fast. Kilkenny County Council has been monitoring river levels throughout the day and advise that sandbags are available at usual locations.
Significant levels of surface water are being reported on a number of roads. The outside area of the Water Garden in Thomastown is also experiencing some flooding.
Meanwhile, in Kilkenny City, the Bleach Road is currently impassable.
A picture from Cllr Breda Gardner showing the surface water on a road in Thomastown