Road to Newbridge could remain shut overnight as Gardai issue safety warning to commuters

Do NOT attempt to drive through floodwaters

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Road to Newbridge could remain shut overnight as Gardai issue safety warning to commuters

Flooding on the Rathangan Road just outside Naas, at Flood’s Cross, Wednesday morning, November 22. Picture: Tony Keane.

Gardai have issued a road safety warning to motorists travelling home this evening as roads remain flooded due to heavy rainfall earlier today.

They are advising caution on the approach to the M4 at Maynooth, outbound, as one one lane is blocked.

Local diversions are in place on the N3 Blanchardstown. The road is closed from Clonee Junction 4 inbound. Diversions are in place via Damastown Road to the N2, to access the M50.

Long delays are anticipated on M4/N4 westbound as a result of flooding. Motorists are requested to delay their journey or take alternative routes where possible.

An earlier collision on the M50 at junction 6 Northbound has now cleared.

There has also been serious local flooding around County Kildare.

Kildare County Council has warned that the road between Toughers and the Pfizer Roundabout in Newbridge is still closed this evening, and may remain shut overnight. Motorists should avoid this area, and use the motorway to access Newbridge and Naas.

DON’T DRIVE THROUGH IT

Garda are advising that If the road ahead is flooded please use alternative routes if possible, 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 half 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 two feet of rushing water can carry away most vehicles. 

It is NEVER safe to drive or walk into flood waters.

Take extra care at night when it is harder to see flood dangers and drive to the road conditions.

ROADS AFFECTED

the eastbound off-ramp at J7 Maynooth is closed off the M4 Dublin/Sligo Rd.

The Kill/Maynooth Rd is blocked between Kill and Straffan due to flooding.

There is flooding along parts of the Celbridge/Barberstown Rd (R403). 

There is extensive flooding on a number of routes in the Rathangan area, including the Kildare Rd (R401).

There is flooding on the Ballymore Eustace/Naas Rd (R411) at Punchestown Cross.

Flooding at Firmount Cross is affecting traffic on the Prosperous/Clane Rd (R403).

There is heavy surface water on all routes around Clane, including on the Kilcock/Naas Rd (R407).