A number of business premises on Bridge Street in Wicklow town are back in full swing following the flood caused by the storm on Friday morning.
Inver Dea, Bridge street books and the Bridge Tavern all suffered flooding in the early hours, after heavy rain the brook on the Marlton road burst its banks at around five am. It is understood that pumps which deal with excess water failed due to a power outage and caused the water to rise at the Bridge street area.
Parts of the Marlton were damaged due to the force of the water.
Joanna Hamilton and Ger Byrne spoke with Councillor Pat Casey who said he would find out just what went wrong and how it can be prevented in future.
Manager of the Bridge Tavern Viv O’Connor praised his staff saying they all came in and all hands were to the pump in order to get the place open, Marketing manager Aisling Doran praised the staff and also Robert Doyle of Captain Halpins Coffee shop who provided breakfast for guests. The premises reopened at 12.30 pm.
Owner Ger Byrne told Wicklownews.net “It’s the second time this has happened but this time I don’t think it should have, we will just have to wait and see what went wrong, our pumps kicked in and were working away but other pumps did not do what they were supposed to. We will just have to wait and see what Councillor Casey can find out”.
In Arklow the fire service were called to the lower part of the town after flooding took place at the Brook and Back Street, residents escaped major flooding after sandbags and booms prevented water from getting into their homes.
One resident told Wicklownews.net ” I could not believe what I was seeing, the water actually lifted the whole footpath with the manhole on top of it and just burst out of the ground”.
Many homes in the south of the county were without electricity for several hours, west Wicklow seemed to have escaped from the rain, although there was thunder and lightening only light rain was reported.
Wicklow weather who predicted the storm five days ago said “We have broken a new rainfall rate record this morning!
Just after 5am the heavens opened here in South Wicklow with a rainfall rate of 50.8mm per hour.
Over the course of 0500hrs to 0600hrs we received nearly 29.2mm of rain.”
Tomorrow we might see further t/storm activity however they will be isolated but may cause further localised spot flooding.
Ideal weather for a festival, good tunes,warm muggy sunshine at times coupled with the ongoing threat of torrential rainfalls and a risk of sparks and bangers!