Statement by Galway County Council Weather Event on Wednesday, 2nd September 20
Wed, 02 Sep 2020 15:14:00 BST
Met Eireann issued a Status Yellow Rainfall Warning for Mayo, Sligo, Leitrim and Donegal on the 1st September 2020.
The warning did not extend to Galway, however the weather system pushed south into the Galway resulting in a period of high Intensity Rainfall in the Conemara Area from 10pm last night to 8am this morning where up to 50mm of rainfall was recorded. This resulted in a surge in rivers causing a series of flooding events on roads in the Connemara Area with the town of Clifden significantly impacted by heavy flooding from the Owenglin River.
The Galway Fire & Rescue Service were mobilised with fire service units in attendance from Clifden, An Cheathrú Rua and Galway City. Fire Service personnel evacuated a number of people from approximately 17 properties in Clifden.
The River surges are now receding with many locations being reopened to traffic, however with expected further spells of heavy rainfall this afternoon of another 15mm up to 9pm tonight, Galway County Council staff remain on alert.
A number of diversions remain in place and motorists are urged to exercise caution and limit travel to essential journeys for the duration of the weather warning due hazardous driving conditions.
The R341 Clifden to Ballyconnely road has been closed and the following is an update in relation to the main routes:
N59 close to Kylemore Abbey is impassable
N59 on the approach to Clifden – now reopened to traffic
N59 Recess – now reopened to traffic
N59 Moyard – now reopened to traffic
R336 Maam Village – now reopened to traffic
A Status Yellow Rainfall Warning remains in place for Galway for further falls of heavy rain today with localised flooding and hazardous driving conditions.
Galway County Council will continue to monitor these current weather conditions.
For ongoing updates please check national and local media outlets, the Council’s twitter feed, @GalwayCoCo and Met Eireann updates at www.met.ie
Galway County Council, County Hall - office hours (9am – 5pm) 091-509000
Out of Hours Number is 091-509069
For Emergencies please contact the National Emergency Services at 999 and 112.