Gardai issue warning to drivers over flooding risks

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Gardai issue warning to drivers over flooding risks

Gardai issue warning to drivers over flooding risks

Due to flooding in areas today, following the overnight rain, gardai have issued safety advice to drivers.

Authorities are advising that if the road ahead is flooded please use alternative routes if possible and do not attempt to driver through it. Flooded roads that appear shallow could be deeper than you think.

"People underestimate the force and power of water," added a Garda spokesperson. "They take unnecessary risks and their vehicle could be swept downstream. A mere ½ ft of fast-moving flood water can knock over an adult. It takes just a foot of rushing water to carry away a small car, while 2 feet of rushing water can carry away most vehicles.

"It is never safe to drive or walk into flood waters.

"Take extra care at night when it is harder to see flood dangers and drive to the road conditions."