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2 Dead As Ireland Records Worst Flood In Decades


Torrential rains caused massive flooding in parts of Ireland on Monday night, inundating roads and causing lengthy traffic delays across the country. Tragedy also struck as a garda (policeman) who was off-duty was swept away by the rising waters as he tried to alert traffic about flood dangers near his hometown in county Wicklow.
Hundreds of people in Dublin woke up on Tuesday to find their homes and businesses under water. The damage suffered by the Irish capital has been valued at millions of euros. The Dublin City Council has activated a major emergency plan to deal with the situation. Monday’s rainfall is an estimated equivalent of the rainfall normally experienced in Dublin in a month.
The deceased officer, who was identified as 25-year old Ciaran Jones, had been directing traffic to safety at Ballysmutton Bridge near Blessington in County Wicklow when he was swept away by the flood.
His body was eventually recovered after a joint search by a Garda helicopter, the Irish coastguard and several mountain rescue teams. A woman’s body was also recovered from a flooded basement flat in Dublin.
The situation became horrible as four different rivers overflowed causing water to seep through the streets. Hundreds of workers were trapped in their cars for four hours on their way home. The flood also took its toll on bus and train services as both were suspended.

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