Storm Frank is causing another round of strong winds and flooding rain that will blast the United Kingdom into Wednesday, reported Accuweather. As Storm Frank tracks north, rain and wind will continue to spread across the British Isles into Wednesday.
With rivers running high and the ground extremely saturated from western Scotland to Wales, the impending rain threatens to bring new or worsening flood problems. This includes around hard-hit Cumbria and Yorkshire.
“There can be more major river flooding,” AccuWeather Meteorologist Tyler Roys said.
The Minister for the Environment Alan Kelly and the OPW Minister Simon Harris are both to visit Athlone tomorrow afternoon to meet with victims of the flooding who have been critical of the lack of government ministers in the flood areas of the midlands. There was substantial flooding in Graignamanagh this evening in Kilkenny.
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Members of the Lough Rea sub-aqua club supported the emergency services in an attempt to recover the car from the water.
Meanwhile, Galway City Council closed the roads adjacent to Salthill promenade. Traffic was diverted from the area and local businesses along the seafront were given sandbags for their entrances. Waves broke over the seafront wall and flooded car parks and roadways along the promenade at high tide this evening.
According to BBC, Communities Secretary Greg Clark announced on Tuesday £50m extra funding to help households and businesses affected by flooding in northern England. The government says it has now pledged more than £100m towards the crisis.
The head of the Environment Agency, Sir Philip Dilley, is expected back in the UK by Wednesday, cutting short the Christmas holiday that he was spending at his property in Barbados. Floods minister Rory Stewart told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme residents should prepare for what could be “a very bad situation [on] Wednesday and Thursday”.
We regret to announce our EI3204/EI3205 flights are cancelled today due to Storm Frank. If you are a passenger please call us on 066 9764644
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