Traffic disruptions after floods

 

The severe flooding that caused mayhem last night in Dublin has eased but motorists have been warned to take care when driving.

Commuters continue to be affected by disruptions with Green Line Luas services cancelled until tomorrow. Dublin Bus is honouring valid tickets. The Luas Red Line is operating a full service.

Northern commuter services and northside Dart services have resumed after being suspended for a short time earlier this evening. Bus services are all operating as normal.

The city's major emergency status, which was invoked by Dublin City Council and South Dublin County Council last night, has this evening been reduced to standby.

The search for an off-duty garda, 25-year-old Ciaran Jones, who was swept into the River Liffey yesterday evening was stood down today after a body was found near the spot where he went missing earlier this morning.

The body was taken from the river and removed to Naas General Hospital. Mr Jones, stationed at Stepaside, south Dublin, was off duty but had been helping to keep people safe from dangerous floods at Ballysmuttan bridge in Co Wicklow at 7pm yesterday when he was swept into the Liffey. Tributes were paid to Mr Jones in the Dáil this afternoon.

Elsewhere, the body of a 35-year-old woman was also discovered in the basement of a flooded house on Parnell Road in Dublin. mergency services were called to the house by neighbours at 11pm last night. A preliminary search of the basement was carried out by the Garda Water Unit at about 1am but failed to recover the body.

The body was found early this morning when water was pumped from the basement by Dublin Fire Brigade.

Fingal County Council said it is working to make a site safe at a cemetery at St Mary's Abbey in Howth after rainwater uncovered some coffins there.

Motorists across the capital are being asked to drive with extreme care today, to ensure braking systems are working correctly and to allow plenty of time to get to their destination. There is a lot of debris on the roads following the heavy rain, and local authorities are working to clear obstructions.

Due to the conditions gardaí are encouraging commuters to the city to use public transport if possible. Traffic is moving in the city centre with some delays in affected areas.

For traffic updates visit the AA Roadwatch website.

Due to damage caused by floods, there is no mains power supply in the Courts of Criminal Justice (CCJ) in Parkgate Street. No cases took place there today.

All district court custody cases, including those defendants in Garda custody, were dealt with in Cloverhill Courthouse instead.

</p> <p>Most of the Dundrum Town Centre shopping centre remained closed today after the River Slang burst its banks and flowed through the ground level. Tescos and the stores in Dundrum south section will open for trading today. The Shopping centre will re-open its doors to the public at 10am tomorrow. However, it says some stores may open later in the day and a limited number of stores will not open until later in the week.<br/> Management said electricity had been disconnected from the centre so checks could be carried out.</p> <p>Eircom has deployed additional staff to help repair crews restore services across the country.<br/> The company said there were about 4,500 faults been confirmed but that this figure was likely to rise to about 6,000 faults.<br/> <br/> Customers are urged, where possible, to log faults on the “Log a Fault” section of the Eircom website (www.eircom.ie) or through its automated customer service line 1901.</p> <p>Met Éireann say spells of heavy rain affecting Ulster, Leinster and parts of east Munster will clear early tonight. Elsewhere, patches of light rain will soon die out but it will stay cloudy for a time.</p> <p><em>Have you been affected by the floods? Send your stories, pictures or videos to us at news@irishtimes.com</em></p>