29 December 2015
Road Safety Alert – High risk of flooding especially in Coastal areas
The Road Safety Authority (RSA), is asking road users to exercise caution if using coastal roads as a combination of high tides, high winds and heavy rain are expected and will result in flooding. Road users are also advised to stay vigilant as there may be flooding on roads that were not previously flooded.
The alert has been issued while there is still an Orange wind warning in place from midday today for coastal counties from Kerry to Donegal with gusts of up to 120 km/h. There are also a number of YELLOW warnings in place for both rain and wind.
The RSA is asking road users to check local weather and traffic conditions before making a trip and to consider postponing it if the conditions are extremely bad. In addition road users are asked to take extra care when driving in flooded roads and have issued the following advice:
Dangers of Driving in Flooded Roads
If the road ahead is flooded choose another route, DO NOT ATTEMPT TO DRIVE THROUGH IT. Flooded roads that appear shallow could be deeper than you think. People underestimate the force and power of water. They take unnecessary risks and their vehicle could be swept downstream. A mere ½ ft of fast-moving flood water can knock over an adult. It takes just a foot of rushing water to carry away a small car, while 2 feet of rushing water can carry away most vehicles. It is NEVER safe to drive or walk into flood waters.
You also need to be extra careful at night when it’s harder to see flood dangers.
This excellent PSA from the US National Weather Service highlights the dangers of driving in flooded roads. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eI6mIlHKrVY
For advice on severe weather driving tips please see severe weather advice on the RSA website or check out the RSA Facebook and Twitter pages.
For more weather updates visit Met Eireann’s website www.met.ie