AIR Reports on Heavy Rains, Floods in Ireland, Southwest England, Wales

October 27, 2011

Catastrophe modeling firm AIR Worldwide has issued a bulletin on the “torrential rainfall” that has “caused widespread disruption and damage on both sides of the Irish Sea.” The Dublin area has been the hardest hit.

AIR said the “flooding was triggered by an active frontal wave moving north to south through eastern Ireland. Flood waters have inundated Dublin and surrounding counties, forcing the evacuation of hundreds of homes and businesses. Sandbags were deployed in coastal regions as there were fears a late high tide would penetrate low-lying areas. Flooding backed up drainage systems and caused transportation disruptions in the southwest of England, as well— an area still recovering from significant flooding last year.”

According to the Irish Meteorological Agency, “a precipitation station near the Dublin Airport recorded 69.1 mm [2.7 inches] and a station near the Casement Aerodome recorded 82.2 mm [3.2 inches]. In Ireland, the Camac, the Poddle, and the Sland rivers topped their banks. Flood alerts are in effect for Cornwall and Devon in the southwest of England, the northeast of Scotland around Dundee and Aberdeen, throughout Wales.”

AIR said “Dublin’s infrastructure has also been severely impacted. Power outages and rising water levels have caused large scale disruption to transportation with rail transport systems experiencing severe delays and line closures. Road closures were also widespread throughout the city and many of the main routes into and out of the city were submerged under feet of water.”

Source: AIR Worldwide

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