More floods to finish driest July in years




More heavy rain and local flooding is on the way, although we will still have had the driest July in years.

The thundery storms that caused flash floods in Dublin and Cork last week continued over the weekend, and more can be expected in the coming days.

Several inches of rain fell over Cork, Waterford, Kilkenny, and Wexford yesterday morning in a series of torrential downpours between 8am and 11am, before the thundery conditions moved northwards and up the west coast into the afternoon.

In Cork City, traffic had to be diverted away from Penrose Quay, near the back of the railway station, as water spilled through street railings into the River Lee. Cork City Fire Brigade also dealt with localised flooding in other areas following high tide on the river, with roads temporarily blocked by surface water and some homes on the northside affected.

Heavy rain lashed Semple Stadium ahead of the first All-Ireland senior hurling quarter-final clash between Cork and Kilkenny, but the crowds in Thurles got to enjoy the game with their brollies down.

Back in the Marble City, late morning rain failed to dampen spirits as crowds gathered for Bruce Springsteen’s second sell-out show at Nowlan Park.

But hopes of a return to mid-July conditions have been dashed, as Met Éireann predicts more of the same for the coming days. Spells of heavy rain are expected, with more thundery showers expected through to tomorrow afternoon or beyond.

The glorious start to the month, however, ensured rain levels are still just a fraction of those that fell last year. The Oakpark weather station in Carlow recorded more than 160mm in July 2012, but just 37mm this month up to Saturday.

The 30mm that has fallen so far at Moorepark near Fermoy, Co Cork, was one third of last July’s rainfall and half the annual average for the month.

After flash flooding hit Letterkenny General Hospital on Friday, Health Minister James Reilly saw its effects yesterday as local Fine Gael TD Joe McHugh praised the hundreds of volunteers who assisted in the clean-up.

Meanwhile, the weather prompted an alert on the dangers of Weils Disease. The Tropical Medical Bureau warned: “The risk will be particularly high for those using rivers, lakes and other water courses as the urine from rats will have been washed into the water during recent heavy rains.”

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