Homes flooded in Co Clare, couple trapped in car in flood waters

Fire crews are battling to save as many as 20 homes that have been engulfed by flood waters in Co Clare.

Units of the fire brigade from Ennistymon are doing their best to help homeowners at Church Road and Lahinch Road in Miltown Malbay.

Fire personnel are using pumps to try and clear water from the properties however it is expected the operation could take several hours.

Homes flooded in Co Clare, couple trapped in car in flood waters

The alarm was raised at around 9pm where manhole covers were reported to have been thrust opened by water pressure.

Fire crews are also dealing with an incident near Liscannor where a couple are reported trapped in their car.

The vehicle became bogged down in two feet of water on the road between Liscannor and the Cliffs of Moher at around 9.30pm. The pair are not believed to be harmed.

Fire crews are at the scene.

Several floods were reported on the road between Lahinch and Doolin earlier in the day with many cars turning back, unwilling to risk driving through the floodswater.

The mid-level Orange Alert issued by Met Éireann today was due to remain in effect until early tomorrow morning.

Fire crews from Kilrush were also dealing with flooding incidents.

Update at 11pm

Ennistymon fire service rescued the couple from the stranded car at Liscannor East before they were redeployed to another similar incident a short distance away.

On arrival at the scene they found a car stranded in the middle of a flooded road which had also been badly damaged by floodwaters.

The vehicle was empty and efforts were being made to contact the occupants to ensure they made it home safely.

Meanwhile, fire crews from Kilrush who had been dealing with another flooding incident in Mullagh have been sent to assist colleagues with the incident in Miltown Malbay.

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