With water tables already high,
There has been little let up in the poor weather since Aug. 9 when 76.2 millimetres of rain fell on
Over 100 people were evacuated from their homes in the south eastern town of
Padraig Cahill, Civil Defence Officer for Carlow County Council, told national broadcaster RTE on Monday that flood waters in the town had been as deep as five feet (1.5 metres) and that further rain would threaten other homes nearby.
The Irish Farmers' Association said
"Unless we see a rapid and improved turnaround in weather conditions in the next week, growers are looking at severe yield losses," the IFA said in a statement. The country's 2 million tonne grain harvest would normally be under way by mid-August.
A landslide partially derailed a train on the
Motoring groups warned of road closures across the county. In one area north of
In Northern Ireland one of the province's busiest roads closed after flooding left the Broadway Underpass in Belfast under 6 metres (20 feet) of water.
"The mass flooding we've seen in Carlow town, Limerick, Dublin and in Belfast, can almost certainly be related to the changing weather patterns, as predicted by climate change experts," said Irish Green Party lawmaker Mary White.
A spokesman for the climatology division of Met Eirean said the cyclical nature of weather patterns meant it was too early to make direct links with global warming.
"We've always had fluctuations of good, bad and indifferent summers and at the moment we're having a bad one," he said.