Floods: Women escape flooded vehicle

Two women had a lucky escape when they became trapped in their car after driving into floodwaters in Co Clare yesterday.

Floods: Women escape flooded vehicle

The incident happened at around 11.40am at Currakyle South on the Corofin to Ennistymon Road which is signposted as being closed and flooded.

The women, both in their 60s, were travelling to Ennistymon for some shopping when they entered a flood which is said to be 1.5m deep in places.

They called emergency services and reported that the water had entered their car and had reached the steering wheel.

Staff at the Munster Regional Fire Control Centre in Limerick maintained contact with the occupants of the car while emergency services rushed to the scene.

A fire officer and two specially trained swift-water rescue technicians raced to the incident in a faster fire service vehicle while two further appliances from Ennis were also mobilised.

On arrival at the scene, fire personnel found the vehicle with both occupants still inside.

Two fire service technicians waded through the flood to reach the vehicle and found the women up to their waists in water.

They were carried to safety and placed in a fire service vehicle until further resources arrived.

After being examined by HSE ambulance paramedics it was established that despite being wet and cold, the women required no further medical assistance.

One emergency worker said: “They were very lucky — it was fair cold in there. The water was up to the steering wheel and they were rattling with the cold. It must be really frightening sitting in a car with the water up to your chest like that. They were in good spirits in fairness but must know how lucky they are.”

Clare County Council had listed the road close to Rath Church as being flooded and has since warned motorists about the danger of attempting to drive through floodwaters.

Director of services Anne Haugh: “We are advising motorists to slow down when driving through floodwaters on public roads for safety reasons and to minimise the impact on adjacent properties, particularly in urban locations.

“The advice continues to be not to drive through flooded road situations,” she said.

On Monday night, a woman was rescued from her car by the fire service after she drove into a flood at Cragataska near Clooney in Co Clare.

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