By Dan Walsh
There were frightening weather conditions in New Ross this evening as a massive downpour caused flash flooding in the town with uncontrollable water flowing at speed through the streets and causing several inches of flooding along the Quay.
Heavy downpours and flooding have hit parts of Ireland as thunderstorms marked the end of the heatwave and Met Éireann extended a Status Orange thunderstorm weather warning to 10pm tonight.
One of the worst affected areas was New Ross where the Quays were submerged in water after an estimated 20mm-plus of rain fell in the space of about an hour.
Council staff and the fire service were dealing with flash flooding following heavy rain which accompanied thunder and lightning from early in the evening at New Ross and Wexford County Council posted warnings not to travel in the area while announcements were also made in relation to the Rose Kennedy Bridge over the River Barrow south of New Ross.
In the last hour Independent TD Verona Murphy posted that she was just leaving New Ross town now as Wexford County Council and other emergency services continue to work late into the night.
“All crews and services who have been assisting this evening must be commended for their swift response. The town will be open for business as usual tomorrow morning while the damage continues to be assessed,” said Deputy Murphy, who added; “I join with local elected representatives in calling on government to act quickly in assisting homeowners and business who have been affected by this evenings horrendous weather event.”
Wexford County Council crews are continuing with the clean up into the late hours while the assistance of Wexford Garda Division, New Ross Fire Service, New Ross Civil Defence is also appreciated.
Anyone in need of supports can contact Wexford County Council out of hours emergency line on 053 919 6000 and press 1.