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Roads closed as flood waters rise

With Storm Desmond now behind us and more rain forecast, water levels are continuing to rise around Roscommon and surrounding counties.

In Carrick on Shannon water levels remain high with flooding reported in many places including the N4 at the Retail Park.

On Sunday the Carrick Cineplex posted on it’s website “We regret to inform customers that Carrick Cineplex will be closed today – Sunday 6th Dec – due to high waters from Storm Desmond limiting access from the Carpark to the building. We hope to reopen tomorrow but please keep an eye on our page for any further updates. We apologise for any inconvenience caused”

In Roscommon the N63 at Athleague is flooded as is the Ballymoe to Castlerea road.

Sligo was another badly affected area.

Ballymote Gardai say the Ballymote-Gurteen Road is impassable on the Gurteen side of Rathmullen Bridge.

Around Sligo, the Collooney to Ballygawley, Ballygawley to Carraroe, Carraroe to Dromahair, Collooney to Ballisodare and the old N4 Ballisodare road at Ballydrehid were all closed.

Flooding is also reported on the Eastbound N4 Dual Carriageway.

The weather forecast for Monday is as follows:

Rain will become light and intermittent in most places on Monday morning, and some bright intervals may develop locally. However, a band of more persistent rain will cross the country from the west during the afternoon and evening. This rain band will clear east early in the night, leaving scattered showers to affect the south and west of the country. Strong and gusty, southeast to south winds will veer southerly and decrease moderate to fresh, as the rain clears. Very mild; highest temperatures 12 to 14 degrees Celsius.

There is an indication that another atlantic storm could hit Ireland next weekend.

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