Floods hit services and businesses in capital

Outbreaks of flash flooding and thunderstorms caused major disruption to energy and transport services in Dublin early yesterday.

Heavy downpours led to flooding in parts of the capital, with damage to a number of landmark buildings, including the city’s oldest department store.

The torrential rain leaked into a number of buildings, including Clerys department store on O’Connell St, and the Mater Hospital.

Some patients at the Mater had to be moved after the roof of the hospital sustained damage from leaking rainwater.

Patients in the high dependency unit located on the top floor of the older section of the hospital complex had to be moved for their own safety.

A Mater spokesperson said nobody was injured and a small number of patients were temporarily assigned to other beds in the hospital.

All hospital services continued as normal at the Mater yesterday.

Clerys remained closed yesterday as staff carried out an assessment of major damage caused to the roof of the store shortly after midnight.

However, it is expected the store will stay shut for several more days with the actual date of its reopening still uncertain as a result of “significant water damage”.

Large sheets of plastic were placed across the entrance to the store to prevent shoppers seeing the extent of the damage.

Part of the roof collapsed which then led to the interior of the store being considered unsafe for public access.

A number of other areas in the city centre also experienced flooding including Doyles pub on College Green, while the nearby front entrance to Trinity College was also under several inches of water for a period.

Dart services between Greystones and Bray were also disrupted yesterday morning due to overnight damage caused by lightning strikes on overhead power lines on the track.

However, passengers were accommodated on commuter shuttles between the two towns.

Met Éireann reported that almost 30mm of rain was recorded falling at its station at Glasnevin overnight with 20mm falling in the space of one hour.

Meanwhile, almost 3,000 homes in parts of Cork and Wicklow were left without electricity for several hours as a result of the thunderstorms.

Some 2,000 households in parts of Fermoy, Co Cork, and another 900 homes in Arklow, Co Wicklow, lost their energy supply.

ESB crews spent yesterday morning working to restore power to the affected areas with most repairs completed by lunchtime.

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