• A South Mayo Councillor has again raised his concerns about the height of the water in Lough Corrib and Lough Mask.

    Patsy O’Brien says the lakes are a metre higher than they should be at this time of year.

    Cllr. O’Brien says with the heavy rain forecast over the days it is imperative that measures are put in place where there isn’t a repeat situation of 2015 where some people in South Mayo were out of their homes for weeks as a result of flooding.

    The Fine Gael Councillor says the simple solution is to open the sluice gates.

  • A Belmullet based Senator has called for emergency funding to be allocated to construct a new sea wall and breakers on the R313 Belmullet-Blacksod Road in the Muing area and back towards the town itself.

    The wall was badly damaged by sea water during Storm Callum yesterday and water flooded that road for a period of time yesterday.

    Fianna Fail Senator and local GP Keith Swanick complemented the staff of Mayo County Council who have been out since early this morning to clean up the road following the storm.

    He says emergency funding is needed to construct a new wall and breakers and has called on Minister Michael Ring to liaise with his ministerial colleagues to ensure that will happen.

    Senator Swanick told Midwest News today that something needs to be done in the area to ensure safety for all. 

    The Senator has confirmed to Midwest News this afternoon that he has spoken to Minister Kevin Boxer Moran about the issue and the Minister has promised to revert to him on it in the next week. 

  • The Belmullet to Blacksod road is closing this morning, due to flooding.

    Following high winds and high tides, flooding has occurred at Bundulla.

    Gardai and council staff are at the scene, and motorists are advised that diversions are being put in place.

  • The cabinet will get an update on the Coronavirus later today, when it meets to discuss Ireland's preparation for an outbreak of COVID-19.

    Government Ministers will also discuss the impact of severe flooding in parts of the country over the past few weeks as the clean-up operation continues in parts of the Midlands and the West of the country.

    Elsewhere the slow process of government formation continues.

    Fine Gael and the Green Party will meet for a second day in a row to discuss policy points.

    Sinn Féin also have a meeting with the Social Democrats to discuss their priorities for entering government.

    Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil are due to meet this week as well - likely ahead of the Dáil sitting for the second time on Thursday.


  • The Office of Public Works should lower the sluice gates in Galway from mid-September, to save South Mayo from flooding this Winter.

    That's according to FG Councillor Patsy O'Brien who raised the matter at yesterday's meeting of the Claremorris / Swinford Municipal District.

    Councillor O'Brien got the support of his council colleagues to write to the OPW, asking them to open the sluice gates in Galway from 15th September, to hold the water in Lough Corrib at Summer levels.

    With a series of interlocking turloughs running into the Corrib, he said this move would help in the event of heavy rainfall over the coming months.

    Councillor O'Brien made his call, following high rainfall in South Mayo during the month of August, and he says now is the time for the OPW to take action, to prevent flooding this Winter.....

  • A south Mayo councillor has called for a representative of the Office of Public Works to come before the next meeting of the Claremorris / Swinford Municipal District of Mayo County Council to outline their plans for flood allevation measures at The Neale crossroads.

    Fianna Fail Councillor Damien Ryan said what was expected to be a "one in one hundred years event" has in fact occurred in 2006, 2009, 2015/16 and now in 2020, and he said the recurring flooding at the Neale crossroads, cannot continue.

    He outlined that the current flooding has meant for him personally a 40 km round trip twice each day to bring children to school, and is causing huge inconvenience for local residents and businesses.

    Consultants have been appointed to produce a report on the best way of tackling the issue, and Councillor Ryan said this work needs to be fast-tracked.

    His proposal that a representative of the OPW come before the next meeting of the municipal district to outline the timetable for works in the Neale area was seconded by Councillor Michael Burke.

  • A local Councillor says that something has to be done about flooding on the access road to Allergan and Portwest in Westport.

    Independent Cllr Christy Hyland says the access road flooded again yesterday, following heavy rain as part of Storm Diana yesterday.

    He says that once Allergan found out that the road was flooded, they provided access to the two sites by opening up a road at the rear of their plant.

    However Cllr Hyland says the situation must be resolved, as it has occurred on a number of occasions over the past few years.

    He says that both Allergan and Portwest are major employers and it is not good enough to have the access road to the plants flooded.

    Cllr Hyland says employees were worried about getting home from work or getting into work yesterday because of the issue.

    He told Midwest News he has been in touch with the Executive of Mayo County Council about the matter.



    Crossmolina is on high alert ahead of the arrival of Storm Callum.

    While water levels in the River Deel have subsided in the last day or two, after reaching very high levels earlier this week, there are fears it will rise significantly again tonight.

    Preventative measures have been put in place in Crossmolina and the installation of non-return valves has prevented substantial flooding so far this year.

    However, local residents are again in fear of flooding in their homes and businesses, as they cannot get insurance for their premises.

    The town suffered from extensive flooding in December 2015, when many homes and businesses were destroyed by water.

    Locals have been telling Midwest News today about their fears of further flooding, and what measures they believe need to be taken in the long-term to prevent further incidents.


  • There was extensive rain overnight which has led to flooding in many parts of the region.

    Residents in Crossmolina are closely monitoring the situation with the water level of the River Deel reaching bridge height this morning.

    However, sources say they are hopeful that there is no great risk to the situation getting any worse in the town or any damage to businesses.

    The message local business people are getting out today is that the town is very much open for business.

    Meanwhile, Clare Lake/McMahon Park in Claremorris has been closed today due to extensive flooding.

    Mayo County Council says there is localised flooding in parts of Swinford, Ballina and Killala this morning as well as several parts of the Erris region.

    The Mayo Road Safety Officer, Noel Gibbons, has issued an appeal to motorists to exercise caution on the roads due to flooding at a number of locations.

  • Parents will feel the brunt of flooding in the Midlands and West this morning as they try to drive their children to school.

    Along with the recent closure of the N65 between Portumna and Borrisokane - there are more than 30 minor roads closed by flooding across South County Galway.

    Fianna Fail TD for Galway East, Anne Rabbitte says the floods have been building since August, creating a huge economic and environmental challenge for the region.

  • The heavy rainfall overnight and this morning is causing problems for motorists in some areas of the West.

    Mayo County Council has received some reports of localised spot flooding, while there's a tree down on the Derrywash road in Castlebar.

    And a number of roads in Connemara are impassable this morning, following heavy rainfall overnight. 

    Gardaí say part of the N59 road from Maam Cross to Recess is flooded, with flooding also reported around Kylemore. 

    Fire service personnel have been evacuating in the Clifden Glen estate in Clifden, as the river overflowed. 

    Met Eireann has upgraded its status yellow rainfall warning to cover all of the Connacht counties, as well as Cavan, Monaghan and Donegal.

    The forecaster is warning of further falls of heavy rain today with localised flooding and hazardous weather conditions.

    The warning remains in place until 9pm tonight.

  • Weather warnings are in place until this evening as Storm Francis tracks across the country.

    11 thousand homes, farms and businesses are without power this afternoon with severe flooding reported in southern counties - particularly in Cork.

    Locally, there were some concerns about possible flooding in Crossmolina, but Mayo County Council has confirmed to Midwest News this afternoon that, while the Deel river is continuing to rise, the rate of increase is tapering off.

    Water levels will continue to be monitored over the next 12 hours, however, the council says the risk of a flood event occurring in Crossmolina has dissipated.

    A status orange rain warning remains in place until 6 o'clock this evening for Connacht, as well as counties Cavan, Monaghan and Donegal.

    A yellow rain warning is in place for the rest of the country.

    Met Eireann says centre of the storm is currently over the Midlands, and it's tracking eastwards.


  • Mayo County Council has confirmed that the R312 road between Castlebar and Bangor remains closed, as sections of the road are still impassable due to flooding.

    Motorists should divert onto the N59 at Bangor for either Newport or Crossmolina direction.

    The council say the situation is being closely monitored, while motorists should beware of floods at other locations in the Beltra to Crossmolina area, so any unnecessary journeys should be avoided.

    The 316 from the R312 from the Glenavenue area towards Crossmolina is also closed and local roads in the area are flooded.

    The Derryfadda road from the Belmullet road over to the Bofeenaun area is impoassable.

    In Laherdaun village, tghe R315 is flooded at the church but is passable, with caution, however this situation may deteriorate this evening.

    The council says the Aghalonteen road west from Laherdaun village is impassable, as it the road from Beltra crossroads towards Glenhest.

    Mayo Co Co is advising that water levels have risen since this morning, and drivers are advised not to enter any flooded areas unless they're sure they will be able to pass through.

    Driving through floods may cause damage to engines, and there's a risk the engine may stall.




  • A Mayo Fine Gael Senator has called on the Office of Public Works to give urgent priority to the delivery of permanent flood defences for Crossmolina following heavy rain over the weekend and a flooding alert again for the town.

    Michelle Mulherin says Crossmolina has suffered from flooding a number of times in recent years most recently towards the back end of 2015.

    There have also been further incidents where the water level in the River Deel has risen to a height that is perilously close to breaching the banks.

    However, despite funding in place and the identification of a preferred flood prevention option nearly two years ago, which would see a channel being built to divert water flow away from the town, construction work still has to commence.

  • A status yellow heavy rainfall warning remains in place across Connacht until 9pm tonight, with a risk of some localised and river flooding.

    Up to 50 mm of rain are expected - possibly higher in mountainous areas.

    Gardai are advising motorists to slow down, as there's a lot of surface water on roads.

    Residents in the Lough Funshinagh area of Co Roscommon have said heavy rain overnight is threatening to flood a number of houses in the area.  Roscommon County Council is putting in place measures to try to raise local roads and pump out flood water in the Rahara area.

    Met Eireann meanwhile has issued a weather advisory for the entire country for the rest of the week, as conditions are due to take a cold turn again from tomorrow.

    The  forecaster is warning that it will become "increasingly wintry" with a risk of frost and icy conditions, and there will also be a chance of sleet and snow in parts.


  • A status yellow rainfall warning for the region overnight ended at 8am and has resulted in extensive surface water on many roads and floods in places.

    Gardai are advising motorists to slow down and take due caution as a result.

    The Neale to Ballinrobe road remains closed to traffic this morning due to flooding.

    Alan O'Reilly from Carlow Weather says areas along the River Shannon are particularly badly affected.

    It's feared the heavy rain will lead to flooding in areas along the River Shannon in the coming days.

    Kevin Murray's family owns a farm shop in Ballinasloe, Co. Galway.

    He says when the main course of the Shannon backs up, their business on the banks of the River Suck is at risk.

  • There are a number of critical areas in west Mayo that require immediate works to prevent serious flooding every time there is a high tide. T

    hat’s according to Independent local election candidate in Westport, John O’Malley.

    The former Fine Gael Councillor says he has grave concerns that due to the overspend by the present government on the new Children's Hospital in Dublin, that funding will either be cut or not approved for projects long over due in rural Mayo.

  • The OPW hope to start construction in mid-2019 on the bypass channel of the River Deel in Crossmolina.

    That's according to Mayo FG Senator Michelle Mulherin, who raised the issue at a meeting of the Oireachtas Climate Action Committee this week.

    Senator Mulherin urged the OPW to begin construction on the bypass channel as soon as possible, saying people in Crossmolina are very anxious and frustrated, and live in fear of further flooding.

    Previously, the OPW had indicated that it would commence the works late next year, but Senator Mulherin said this is not acceptable, and has now welcomed the earlier construction date of mid-2019.

  • The R334 at the Neale crossroads is flooded.

    The Road is closed and diversions are in place.

    South bound traffic from Ballinrobe is asked to divert via the N84 Kilmaine and north bound traffic to divert in Headford via Kilmaine.

  • Severe flooding in the Belclare area of Westport  is said to have trapped a number of residents in their homes this morning.

    Water in excess of 3 foot is reported along a roadway into the houses.

     One resident told Midwest News this morning that this is a frequent occurrence  when there is heavy rainfall.

     She said residents are continuously asking the local authority for flood works to be carried out on the local river to ease the problem.

    Gardai in Westport say severe flooding is reported this morning along stretches of the Leenane to Westport road. The road is said to be passable but motorists are advised to take due care.