By Dan Walsh in Enniscorthy
The next few hours are ‘batten down the hatches’ time in Enniscorthy as the river Slaney has burst its banks on both sides.
A spokesperson for Wexford County Council told WexfordLocal.com that the next few hours is crucial, and the high tide will reach Enniscorthy around 11pm.
There is some optimism that the water may not flow over the Seamus Rafter bridge and allow passage between two sides of the town. Measurement levels in Wexford show the fast-moving water has not risen significantly in the last few hours. Weather conditions are mild for the time of year with no wind to contend with.
Templeshannon Quay and The Promenade are flooded and closed off since earlier this evening, but in the last hour Abbey Quay and Templeshannon are also closed. Residents of Island Road have the sandbags out and are prepared for an anxious Christmas night and the threat of damage to their homes. These areas are under water. Traffic should avoid the town. Diversions are in place. Premises have used sandbags to ease the potential flood damage.
Wexford County Council, the Gardaí, the fire service and Co. Wexford Search and Rescue will remain at the scene overnight.