Ireland

Children carried out of flooded school amid heavy rainfaill in Ireland

A local authority worker clears a road gully in Co. Kilkenny (Niall Carson/PA)
A local authority worker clears a road gully in Co. Kilkenny (Niall Carson/PA) A local authority worker clears a road gully in Co. Kilkenny (Niall Carson/PA)

Firefighters carried children on their backs during an evacuation of a flooded Irish school on Monday as continued heavy rainfall led to damage to buildings and roadways in parts of the country.

Irish forecaster Met Eireann has warned of the risk of further flooding as it issued weather warnings for 20 counties.

Emergency responders from Thomastown and Graiguenamanagh Fire Brigades were called to evacuate St Colmcille’s National School in Inistioge, Co Kilkenny due to flooding in the village on Monday.

The firefighters also worked to pump water out of the premises following the floods

Elsewhere, a grocery shop in the Ferrybank area of Waterford was also flooded.

The Ballycanvan Stream burst its banks in the Faithlegg area of Co Waterford after intense rain, leading to road damage.

Several local routes were closed due to flooding.

There are rain warnings in place in six counties until 6pm, with the warning extending into the early hours of Tuesday in the others.

The meteorological agency warned that the rain will be heavy at times with the chance of thunder, and there is a risk of flooding and difficult travel conditions.

A Status Orange rain warning is in place for counties Kilkenny, Wexford and Waterford until 1am on Tuesday.

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Autumn weather October 23rd 2023 A woman crosses sandbags outside a Spar supermarket in Co Waterford (Niall Carson/PA)

There will be heavy and persistent rain in these counties, with a risk of flooding, dangerous road conditions and poor visibility.

A Status Yellow rain warning is in place for counties Clare, Cork, Limerick, Tipperary, Galway, and Mayo until 6pm on Monday.

A Status Yellow rain warning for counties Carlow, Dublin, Kildare, Laois, Longford, Louth, Meath, Offaly, Westmeath, Wicklow and Roscommon is in place until 1am on Tuesday.

The warnings come as towns and villages in the south east recover from the effects of Storm Babet, where unusually heavy rainfall led to homes and businesses being flooded.

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Autumn weather October 23rd 2023 Ballycanavan stream in Co Waterford (Niall Carson/PA)

Irish Rail said some services in Co Cork were delayed due to weather-related damage after the storm.

Met Eireann has defended its warning system in the wake of the flooding, and the Government has promised to offer increased support for businesses affected.

Enterprise Minister Simon Coveney is working on a proposal to bring to Cabinet on Tuesday, which would see two schemes on offer to businesses affected by the floods.

The first is the scheme currently in place, which offers an initial 5,000 euro and further support of up to 20,000 euro based on the scale of damage to businesses.

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Autumn weather October 23rd 2023 A man crosses a damaged road in Faithlegg, Co Waterford (Niall Carson/PA)

Mr Coveney told RTE Radio on Monday that this would be for places that had been affected by flooding, but not badly.

He said those amounts were not “appropriate” for badly-hit businesses, and a second scheme would offer around double the initial payment and “multiples” of the 20,000 euro after that – possibly more than 70,000 euro.

Householders can access to relief through the Humanitarian Assistance Programme, administered by the Department of Social Protection.

Mr Coveney said that Social Protection Minister Heather Humphreys would bring a proposal to Cabinet on Tuesday to increase the threshold in order to qualify for the means-tested scheme.

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Autumn weather October 23rd 2023 A car is driven through a flooded road in Faithlegg, Co Waterford (Niall Carson/PA)

Irish deputy premier Micheal Martin said “it’s clear that something significantly extra is required here now to enable the households to get back into their homes – many are in hotels at the moment – and to enable businesses get off the ground and their employees back working”.

“This was a climate event of a huge scale, which has really devastated the businesses in Midleton, community facilities in Glanmire, sporting facilities and households, in particular. Many people who just bought their houses, having them destroyed,” he said in Luxembourg.

“So there’ll be two schemes, the one for households and one for businesses. We’re looking at revising the existing schemes, we don’t believe they’re fit for purpose, and I think the interventions will have to be on a scale that we haven’t seen before.”