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Driving Home Tonight? Gardai Issue Traffic Warning About Dublin Flooding

By Sarah

November 22, 2017 at 4:36pm

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If you drove into work this morning, chances are you already know how absolutely grim the roads were with all the heavy rain. 

We hate to be the bearers of bad news lads, but it's looking like things have gotten even worse throughout the day. 

Gardai issued a traffic warning update for Dublin this afternoon, saying that  due to adverse weather conditions the following roads have been affected by flooding: 

  • One lane is blocked on the M4 outbound near Maynooth, at junction 4. Please exercise caution on approach.
  • Local diversions are in place on the N3 Blanchardstown. The road is closed from Clonee Junction 4 inbound. Diversions are in place via Damastown Road to the N2, to access the M50.
  • An earlier collision on the M50 at junction 6 Northbound has now cleared.

Garda are also advising that "if the road ahead is flooded please use alternative routes if possible, DO NOT ATTEMPT TO DRIVE THROUGH IT. Flooded roads that appear shallow could be deeper than you think."

Gardai are telling people not to underestimate the power of floods 

"People underestimate the force and power of water. They take unnecessary risks and their vehicle could be swept downstream. A mere ½ ft of fast-moving flood water can knock over an adult. It takes just a foot of rushing water to carry away a small car, while 2 feet of rushing water can carry away most vehicles. 

"It is NEVER safe to drive or walk into flood waters.

"Take extra care at night when it is harder to see flood dangers and drive to the road conditions."

Safe journey home!

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