Met Eireann has warned of “incessant” rain all day today with people being urged not to travel at all unless absolutely necessary.
A large number of roads across the county have been flooded overnight as rainfall totals are expected to hit up to 100mm by midnight tonight. Fire crews at stations across Donegal will be on call all day to help with emergencies.
ESB Crews re-connected around 500 homes which lost power in last night’s high winds.
But it’s the rain which emergency services are most concerned about – the Red Alert is for the high rainfall today.
Predictive weather models show the south and west of Donegal will get most of the rain.
However the whole county is affected – with specialist measures put in place at Letterkenny General Hospital in a bid to prevent a repeat flood there.
There are concerns about flood waters all along the Finn Valley after weeks of heavy rain.
Met Eireann and a national emergencies committee say people should “take action” to protect themselves and their properties as the most concentrated levels of rainfall in decades are expected over the course of today
Gardaí have described driving conditions as “challenging” and fallen trees have been reported in several areas of the county – with branches littering many rural roads.
The Road Safety Authority said in a statement late last night: “The public is advised to check local weather and traffic reports and heed any advice from local councils gardai regarding road conditions.”
It added motorists should slow down and allow extra time for travel.
Donegal County Council is co-ordinating with gardai, the Coast Guard and the HSE to deal with the impact of the high winds and heavy rainfall.