Burst water main forces residents out of homes
Twenty-nine people were evacuated from 14 homes in Cork city after a burst main flooded streets with tens of thousands of gallons of water.
Houses on the Old Youghal Road were hit by the torrent at about 2.45am today with some properties swamped by water more than one metre deep.
A spokesman for Cork City Council said a trunk supply line had burst causing the massive spill.
Twenty streets and housing areas in and around the broken main will be without supplies for most of the day as two crews try to repair the major leak.
The council said the worst affected area was the Fever Hospital Steps near Murphy's brewery but the situation has been contained.
Emergency accommodation is being provided for those forced out of their homes.
"At present, water supply is unaffected, as the council water services staff is diverting water to ensure continuous supply in the area," a spokesman said.
"The council is in the process of assessing the full extent of the damage and repairs are commencing. Any inconvenience caused to the public is regretted."
One ambulance crew member, who responded to the emergency, was knocked over by the force of the water and suffered leg injuries.
It is the second time a flood has hit the area after a water mains burst 16 years ago also resulting in major flooding to houses.