Woman rescued from flooded car in Kerry

Coastguard Helicopter

A woman in Kerry last night was rescued from her car when it became submerged in water.

The woman, from Co Limerick, was treated for shock and hypothermia and taken to Kerry General Hospital for treatment.

The alarm was raised at 7.15pm yesterday and the car was located in the sea at Clounamon, two miles west of Ballylongford.

Ballybunion Sea and Cliff Rescue Service, the Shannon-based Coast Guard helicopter R115 and Ballybunion Coast Guard unit were involved in the operation.

“The female casualty was in the area visiting friends and was unfamiliar with the area,” said the cliff rescue team.

“She deserves great credit for remaining calm in extreme circumstances.”

Gary McMahon, of Galway City Council, said the worst-affected parts of the city include the Spanish Arch area and Salthill, where cars are said to be swimming in car parks.

“We are advising motorists not to come into the city from the west via the promenade,” he told RTÉ.

“There’s flooding along there, but there’s also a substantial amount of debris that has been blown up on the prom and the road.

“Car parks in Salthill also flooded since this morning.”

He said that while high tides were receding, winds and waters were still high with council workers, fire crews and gardaí diverting people away from flooded areas.

Several roads across the country were blocked by fallen trees.

Met Éireann said the storm will abate slowly through the day with showers and winds easing tonight, when temperatures are due to be as low as 0C (32F).

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