Met Éireann issues alert for over 30mm of rainfall
Parts of Dublin, Midleton suffer flooding after overnight rain
Trinity College Dublin last night. Photograph: Jack Leahy/Twitter
Dublin Fire Brigade pumping water at Doyle’s pub, Dublin. Photograph: Agnes Radomski
Flash flooding on Wexford Street last night. Photograph: Abie Philbin Bowman /Twitter
Lightning in Kilkenny last night. Image: Dave Knoximus/ YouTube
Heavy rain fell on Dublin again this evening, hours after Met Éireann issued a warning that more than 30mm could fall in a six hour period.
The orange alert covers Dublin Cavan, Monaghan, Donegal, Longford, Louth, Westmeath and Meath. It said very heavy and thundery showers in Ulster and north Leinster would continue this evening.
Dublin Fire Brigade took around 100 calls through the night and had all units deployed for a two-hour period from around 12.30am. Call-outs were for flooding reports, leakages and automatic fire alarms going off at houses, flats and businesses. A spokesman for the fire brigade said: “We’ve had no rain for 16 days and suddenly a deluge for 16 minutes causes all this trouble.
“There were fire alarms going off all over the city — again caused by the thunder and lightning.” He confirmed there were no injuries as a result of the weather.
Some patients at the Mater Hospital in Dublin were moved overnight when the high dependency unit on the top floor sustained minor roof damage during heavy overnight rains. The damage took place in the old hospital building near the nurses’ station.
“ Nobody was injured and a small number of patients have been temporarily reassigned to other beds. All hospital services continue as normal,” the hospital said in a statement.
ESB crews have restored power to thousands of homes after weather related outages. Some 2,000 households in Mullingar, 2000 in Fermoy, 900 in Ballybeg, Co Wicllow as well as customers in Midleton were without power. The vast majority of these outages have been repaired and were due to storm damage and lighthing strikes.
Eoin Sherlock, weather forecaster with Met Éireann, said the heavy downpours were very localised. “On paper, it just looks like it was a wet night, but that rain fell in a very short period of time and it was very intense,” he said.
Nearly 30mm of rain fell at Met Éireann’s station in Glasnevin, north Dublin, overnight — but around 20mm of that came down within an hour. However, rainfall in other areas of the city were merely a fraction of that. “This was very localised,” said Mr Sherlock.
Dublin City Council said its drainage crews responded to a number of minor incidents, including a small number of flooded basements. “There were no major flooding incidents in Dublin city,” a spokeswoman said.
“There was some road flooding which drainage crews attended to but these abated quickly.”
Dublin Fire Brigade earlier spent some two hours pumping out water from the basement of Doyle’s pub on the corner of D’Olier Street and College Green. The fire service was called at about 9.30am to the scene where some two to six inches of water was in the basement after overnight flooding. There were two pumps working at the scene. There was extensive damage in the basement of the pub, according to one of the fire officers at the scene.