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Weather wreaks havoc: Rain and storms cause flood chaos as roads and railway line washed away

By John Mulgrew

Heavy rain and stormy weather has caused continued chaos across the UK and Ireland with severe flooding hitting the Republic while an historic railway line has collapsed in England.

In Northern Ireland, high tides and strong winds battered coastal areas - with another section of coastal road collapsing in Co Down.

Part of the Shore Road in Ballyhalbert was affected - as a large hole opened up in the main arterial route through the village.

The area was battered by waves crashing through the coastal wall and onto the the road.

It comes after the Whitechurch Road in nearby Ballywalter suffered similar damage after collapsing last month.

In Devon a massive section of the sea wall in Dawlish also collapsed - leaving the railway line suspended in mid-air.

Meanwhile in the Republic, several major rivers including the Shannon are now at risk of bursting their banks due to the extent of the bad weather over the coming days.

 

Cork bore the brunt of the adverse weather - suffering continued serious flooding in the city.

A section of the A2 coastal road at Ballyhalbert has collapsed following record rain levels and tidal surges recently

A hole opens up on the Shore Road in Ballyhalbert , Co Down

On Tuesday night, a seafront pub was forced to close its doors after waves crashed through a pier wall, collapsing a section of road into the sea.

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has now said building flood defences in Cork will cost between €50m and €100m.

According to Meteo Group forecaster, Paul Mott, Northern Ireland will avoid the bulk of the wind and rain over the coming days.

"Northern Ireland will miss the worst of the rain over the next 24 hours. It will be mostly dry but with showers moving into the west," he told the Belfast Telegraph.

"Thursday will have some patchy rain but turning mostly dry and with spells of sunshine."

"The worst of the weather will be in the south of Ireland and parts of England and Wales."

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A woman walks through flood water in Cork city. Niall Carson/PA Wire

The scene in Cork as severe flooding hits the city

In the Republic, Met Eireann has also warned that the weather was unlikely to change.

"If we look at what's happened in the last two months, when the weather started to get windy and wet, we've had a very wet and windy period," said forecaster Gerard Fleming.

"The storms have coincided with very high tides. Winds blowing onshore, which we call a storm surge, coupled with high tides has resulted in  a lot of water.

"Rivers have become very high in the last couple of months. The OPW and local authorities tell us the rivers are very high, and we do foresee very little change in the next few days"

Large parts of Britain still remain at risk of flooding due to the strong winds and powerful waves.

The South West of England and south Wales have taken the brunt of the latest poor weather.

In response to the crisis, Prime Minister David Cameron was this afternoon chairing a meeting of Cobra.

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