Roads ravaged by flood waters


Roads ravaged by flood waters

“It was like a wall of water on one side of the road”, was what a local Mitchelstown man said of the flooding at Darragh, near Kilfinane.

Thursday, 31 January 2013
8:00 AM GMT

Cars and trucks were caught in a raging flood last Friday evening, as the river burst it's banks at Darragh, near Kilfinane, leaving one side of the road completely immersed in water.

A young man living in Mitchelstown who was on his way home from work told The Avondhu that the flood came out of nowhere.

"It was like a wall of water on one side of the road," he said.

He has been driving home on that same road for more than three years and said he has never seen it so bad.

While the main streets of the town of Mitchelstown escaped the floods, as people endured the deluge, the area of Kilphelan was hit hard, as an entire road was buried beneath a sea of dirty water. A local woman said that the flash floods resulted in about 10 inches of water on the roads.

The Mitchelstown Fire Brigade were also called out to Moher Crescent on Friday last for flooding, as they worked away at blocked drains, to keep the water away from the houses.

In a separate incident on the same day, units from Mitchelstown and Cahir Fire Brigade also attended to a road traffic accident between junctions 10 and 11 of the M8, as a car left the motorway and they believe that the weather could have been a contributory factor.

There were two females in the car, who were both taken to hospital.

In Araglin and surrounding areas, the evidence of the raging waters was scattered all around the roads, as verges, stones and clumps of road had become dislodged and were littering the roads.

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