26 Jan 2022

Trees down in Longford as Storm Barra hits county

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Overnight high winds brought down trees in Longford as Storm Barra moved across the country

Motorists are being urged to exercise caution on the roads this morning as overnight high winds brought down a number of trees across the county

Longford County Council confirmed this morning of a tree falling across the Glannagh-Newtownbond road Killoe on the L-5131-0 following high gusts of wind and rain overnight.

Another tree, on the L-5013-0 at Clonart North, Bornacoola was also brought down. Council officials are advising motorists to take extreme care as its believed ESB cables are entangled in the fallen debris.

Three further trees are also reported to have fallen at Cloontagh, Newtownforbes, Kiltycreevagh, Ballinamuck and between Aughadowry and Ballinamuck.

The Longford to Ardagh road is also affected with a tree blocking the R-393.

In south Longford, the Rathcline road in Lanesboro has been affected while a fallen tree is presently down on the Mullinalaghta road to Mullahoran at Toome.

Forecasters warn that, although the worst of the storm has passed, people should continue to take care as high winds persist and debris and fallen trees still pose a risk.

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