Man rescued from car in flood on N67

Man rescued from car in flood on N67

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Flooding the N67 Lisdoonvarna to Ballyvaughan road today – Photo: © Pat Flynn 2019

One of the country’s busiest tourist routes has been closed as a result of flooding after a night of heavy rain.

The N67 in Co Clare, one of the main access routes to many of the county’s tourist attractions, is expected to remain closed into the afternoon.

A car became trapped in one of several floods on the route between Ballyvaughan and Lisdoonvarna where the month-long matchmaking festival gets underway this weekend.

Two units of the fire brigade from Ennistymon and Gardaí responded to the incident after being alerted at around 9.45am. On arrival, fire crews found a middle-aged man still in the vehicle.

Specially trained fire service swift water rescue technicians waded across the flood to reach the BMW car and carried the driver to safety. He as unharmed.

The worst flooding is located between the famous Corkscrew Hill and the entrance to the Aillwee Caves. Cars, tour buses and other vehicles are being turned back from road blocks on both sides of the flooding and diverted via alternative routes.

Flooding the N67 Lisdoonvarna to Ballyvaughan road today – Photo: © Pat Flynn 2019

A recovery vehicle is expected to try and remove the stranded car this afternoon when an assessment will then be carried out to see whether vehicles can safely pass through the flooded area.

Clare was one of several counties placed under a status yellow weather rainfall warning.

Met Éireann forecasters had predicted that persistent heavy rain for today and that those counties under the status yellow warning could receive as much as 50mm of rainfall.

 

 

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Chief Reporter Pat Flynn has worked as a journalist for almost 30 years. His career began during the late 1980s when, like many aspiring radio presenters of the time, he worked for local pirate radio stations in Clare and Limerick. Pat joined Clare FM in 1990 where he worked as researcher initially and later presented several different programmes including the station's flagship current affairs programme. He was also the station's News Editor and Deputy Controller of Programmes. Despite leaving in 2003 to pursue a career as a freelance journalist, he continues to work with the station to this day. As well as being the Clare Herald’s Chief Reporter Pat is also freelance journalist and broadcaster, contributing to Ireland’s national newspapers and is a regular contributor to national broadcasters.

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