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Motorists urged to take care due to flooding

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Flooding caused by heavy rain overnight is affecting some roads in the south and east of Ireland.

AA Roadwatch is advising motorists to drive with extreme care.

Parts of counties Wicklow and Wexford are the worst affected where some primary and secondary roads are impassable.

Flooding has been reported in Arklow after heavy rain fell overnight and melted snow flowed from higher ground.

Gardaí are advising that the area from Vale Road to Aughrim is completely flooded and will be closed for some time.

Anyone travelling from Dublin should take the Arklow South exit to reach Arklow town as other routes have heavy surface water.

In Enniscorthy, the quays have been closed and diversions are in place around the town. People have been asked to avoid the area completely. Gardaí have removed all cars parked on both sides of the quays because of flooding.

In Cork, surface water is affecting roads around Clonakilty and Skibbereen.

AA Roadwatch is also reporting excess surface water in counties Carlow, Kildare, Kilkenny, Monaghan and Waterford.

January 16th, 2010