Kildare mopping up after freak downpours and flooding

Kildare is mopping up after last night's torrential rain which included thunder and lightning. Sources said as much as one inch of rainfall occurred in a single 20-minute period. The downpours sparked flash flooding in many areas including Dara Park in Newbridge where the Civil Defence came to the rescue of residents. Dail TD Martin Heydon said: "Thanks to Kildare @CivilDefenceIRL for speedy response to us in Dara Park tonight re flash floods." He added: "Kildare Co Council must fix issue once and for all." Driving conditions were reported to be very difficult along the M7 after tea-time. Flooding was also reported in Naas with the Sallins Road, the Monread Road and the Bundle of Sticks Roundabout carrying excess water. At least one shop was flooded in the Globe Retail Park on the Monread Road. It was also reported that a lighting strike has brought down a tree beside the canal. The Naas/ Ballymore Eustace Rd (R411) was badly flooded and surface water may still be in the area. The weather played havoc with some GAA fixtures which had to be abandoned due to the conditions. The Minor clash between Milltown and Newtown Gaels was postponed due to adverse weather conditions. Milltown were three points to 0 up when the match was called off. Meanwhile Ellistown versus St Kevin's was also called off with only about ten minutes left.

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