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FloodingRoad closures and flood warnings continue to be in place across Kerry this lunchtime as a Red Weather warning remains active for the county until 3am tommorow morning.

Two of the main road closures are the closure of the Cork/Kerry Road at Glenflesk and the closure of Molls Gap.

Significant flooding is being reported in areas such as Kenmare and Gardai are warning of surface water on roads in all areas.

Ger O Brien from Kerry County Council says the Councils Severe Weather Assessement team in meeting regularly, and is co-ordinating with the Gardai and HSE.

The following is the latest on Kerry roads.

The Killarney – Cork Road is closed at Glenflesk, due to flooding and a fallen tree there are traffic diversions in place via Lissyvigeen – Rathmore and Macroom

The R569 Kilgarvan Road is closed to traffic and Molls Gap Road closed.

The Castlemaine Road Tralee is closed and there is no access to Cuil Dideen Nursing home but there is no risk to the Nursing home. Emergency measures have been put in place between the HSE/ Ambulance Service and Civil Defence should there be a need for emergency access.

HSE has confirmed that there is no risk to the safety of the residents – sufficient provisions and staffing for the duration of the alert

There is a Risk of flooding to individual properties reported and Council crews or Civil Defence responding

There is Flooding on the north bound carriageway of the Tralee ByPass from the Killarney Road interchange to the Casrleisland Road Interchange, motorists advised to avoid and the road may need to be closed shortly.

The Road is flooded at Ballymullen, Tralee, it is passable but motorists asked to avoid.

There is Localized flooding reported on the N86 (Tralee to Dingle Road) at Annagh; Ballyard Road at Rugby Club and the N69 (Tarbert to Limerick Road at the county bounds but no identified significant risk of injury or damage to persons or properties)

On the R555 Duagh Abbeyfeale Road there is flooding near the Kerry Bridge at Abbeyfeale. It is passable at the moment.

Council staff are monitoring the situation on the ground and have response teams in place.

Kerry County Council wish to advise the general public and road users to take the following precautions:-

Property owners, particularly in areas prone to flooding should take appropriate measures to minimize the risk of flooding to their properties

The public is advised to stay clear of rivers and streams which may be in flood

Cycling is not recommended under these conditions and pedestrians should be extra vigilant

Property Owners should ensure that bins and loose objects such as hoardings and signage are secured or removed.

Motorists should exercise extreme caution on our roads, particularly where roads may be flooded and to heed warning signs.

Avoid any unnecessary journeys.

Please check on elderly neighbours and vulnerable members in the community

Regular updates will be provided through the local media, on the Council website and on twitter.