30/11/2009

Flooding And Black Ice Warning Issued

Motorists are being warned to take care on the roads today due to flooding and black ice in parts of the country.

Many of the State's roads have been described as experiencing "treacherous icy conditions", according to AA Road Watch, who have strongly advised motorists to "Slow down!"

So far, at least eight car collisions have been reported on the M7 Portlaoise/Naas Road in Kildare due to the extremely icy conditions between J16 Portlaoise and J14 Monasterevin.

According to reports this morning, roads in Kildare, Carlow, Kilkenny, Meath, Wicklow, Roscommon, Westmeath and Dublin are the worst affected by black ice.

Kilkenny has been described as "very poor" with a collision just being cleared from the M8 Cork to Dublin northbound road at the exit for Urlingford.

AA Roadwatch have also reported numerous crashes on roads in Thurles due to ice, including the Holycross Road, Templemore Road and Nenagh Road.

Icy conditions are improving North of Cork city although there were several crashes this morning in Kileens, Blarney and Rathduff.

In Dublin, extreme care is needed around Swords, Lusk and Skerries due to black ice in the area. The Ratoath to Capagh Road outside Capagh Hospital is "very dangerous".

Meanwhile, a lorry has jack-knifed at Crookstown on the N9 Kilcullen Castledermot Road leading to delays, while an overturned car is partially blocking the Kilcullen Road.

(DW/KMcA)

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