All roads reopened in and around Gorey, Co Wexford this morning but local authority crews are still surveying the damage caused by flash flooding yesterday afternoon.
Eamonn Hore, head of services at Wexford County Council, described the flooding as the latest in a series of “unusually severe weather events” in Wexford this year.
Around 3pm yesterday, heavy rain fell locally in the area causing several road closures and flooding affecting some homes and businesses.
“Last night 16 streets were flooded. Five were completely closed, including the motorway between junctions 23 and 22, and three regional roads were impassable,” Mr Hore said.
“Now the update is that all roads are now open to traffic again, Banoge Road has been accepted and Wexford County Council crews are currently on site, but due to the proximity of this road to the river it may be some time before that Floods are increasing but we hope to have this road open in a few hours.”
Mr Hore confirmed floodwaters hit four businesses and two homes and he expects the total cost of the damage, including road damage, to be “in the tens of thousands, maybe hundreds of thousands”.
“So it was a really serious event and a highway closure for up to four hours is almost unbelievable,” he added.
“Rain intensity increased from about 3 a.m. to 4 a.m. and stayed at about 20 millimeters per hour for several hours. As anything over eight millimeters per hour is considered very heavy rain, this was an unusual event.”
Yesterday a local farmer said “tornado-like” conditions had left a trail of destruction in Co Wexford.
Speaking to South East Radio, Willie John Kehoe said the damage occurred in the Foulksmills and Clongeen area.
“A lot of damage was done here in the afternoon, it looks like a tornado got through. It leveled the whole yard, here’s a big old house, and I think there’s a couple of houses damaged down the road,” he said.
“Other sheds have been hit, it’s in a row about 100 meters wide and it’s just pure destruction all the way. I got a call from a cousin of mine here who is a farmer in his garden and he said you have to see it to believe it and there is no more galvanized plate on the new shed.
“Everything in the old part of the yard has been leveled, the garden walls have been leveled, big trees that have been there for hundreds of years are just completely, completely not there.”
https://www.independent.ie/news/damage-caused-by-almost-unbelievable-wexford-flooding-could-cost-hundreds-of-thousands-of-euro-42118372.html Damage caused by “almost unbelievable” floods in Wexford could cost “hundreds of thousands” of euros