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VIDEO: Dramatic footage as Midlands river bursts its banks and floods nearby houses

The deluge has taken its toll

Michelle Hogan

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VIDEO: Dramatic footage as Midlands river bursts its banks and floods nearby houses

VIDEO: Dramatic footage as Midlands river bursts its banks and floods nearby houses

Houses, businesses, a church and a school are all at risk of flooding as The Clodiagh River in the Laois village of Clonaslee was unable to hold the heavy rainfall on Tuesday night and Wednesday morning. 

Part of the wall at the river near the centre of the village on the Tullamore road, near the church and the school, was damaged and weakened before the heavy rainfall.

The river is high and flowing rapidly, the damaged wall has given way to water gushing out of the river very fast, across the road and possibly going into houses. 

Watch this video below by J.D Finnerty from Clonaslee who was worried that his house may be flooded.

"The water has receded a lot thankfully. But if it rains heavy again then who knows. Still waiting on Council. Fire brigade were here, said the Council are coming with a tonne of sand bags for the wall. A few locals filled up sandbags for our front doors. That was 90 mins ago," he said.

"My house is at the church gate. We had blankets and towels down inside the front door. They were soaked through. The sandbags from the locals helped more. As far as I know the water reached the front doors  but that is as far as it went thankfully," he said.

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