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Dozens of homes flooded after three rivers burst their banks

Dozens of homes have been flooded in a Co Laois town after three rivers burst their banks.

Flash floods wreaked significant damage in Mountmellick on Wednesday as torrents of water ran through the town.

The floods poured into multiple properties.

Laois County Council triggered an emergency plan, evacuating many residents to nearby hotels.

Civil Defence and Fire Service crews were involved in the relief efforts.

All roads in the town were impassable during the height of the flooding.

The episode unfolded after sustained rainfall on Tuesday night and early Wednesday morning.

Councillor Paddy Bracken described the scenes as "mayhem and disaster".

"It's a shocking situation here in the town, never saw anything like it before," he told RTE.

"I'm a long time knocking around and I have never seen anything like this - I seen flooding in the 1990s but nothing as bad as this. It's unreal."

The council has warned residents in nearby Portarlington to take precautions against potential further flooding on Wednesday night.

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