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Rainfall causes flooding, road closures


A number of roads in Mayo are impassable this evening due to heavy and persistent rainfall overnight and today, and motorists are being advised not to take unnecessary journeys.
The R312 currently remains closed to traffic, as sections of the R312 between Castlebar and Bangor are currently impassable, and Mayo County Council is asking motorists to divert onto the N59 at Bangor, for either Newport or Crossmolina direction.
Floods have been reported also at other locations in the Beltra to Crossmolina area. The L1400 from Beltra crossroads towards Glenhest is impassable.
The R316 from the R312 towards Crossmolina is closed, as the road is impassable on the north western end (from the Glenavenue area towards Crossmolina). Local roads in this area are also flooded.
The L1723 Derryfadda road from the R312 Belmullet road over to the Bofeenaun area is impassable.
In Laherdaun village, the R315 is flooded at the church, but is currently passable with caution. Note that this situation may deteriorate this evening. The L5708 Aghalonteen road west from Laherdaun village is currently impassable.
Motorists are reminded that water levels have risen further from this morning’s level, and under no circumstances should they attempt to drive through flooded areas unless they are sure that they will be able to pass through. Driving through floods may cause damage to engines, and there is a risk that the engine may stall. Cars can also be swept into ditches, posing a risk to occupants.
Mayo County Council has said that it is unlikely that the roads that have been closed and/or flooded will be passable at any stage today. The council has also issued a Level 3 flooding alert for Crossmolina due to rising water levels in the Deel River, and a Local Flood Action Plan is now in operation.