City escapes worst
Published 15/02/2014 | 02:30
CORK escaped a third bout of damaging city centre flooding in 12 days.
Torrential rainfall and high tides left only the city's south quays under water at 5pm yesterday as water levels were almost 45cm below those which devastated Oliver Plunkett Street and the South Mall last week. Major flood precautions proved unnecessary as flooding was restricted at high tide to Fr Mathew Quay, Morrissons Quay, Wandsford Quay, Union Quay, Proby's Quay, Lancaster Quay and Sharman-Crawford Street.
City centre traders paid tribute to building supply firm, Brooks, whose staff delivered 1,000 sand bags to vulnerable areas.
ESB QUELLS RUMOURS
The ESB has hit out at false reports about water releases from Inniscarra Dam being linked to flooding.
"It has come to our attention that there are rumours on social media saying that ESB is releasing water from Inniscarra Dam contributing to the flooding in Cork," a spokesperson said. "We wish to confirm that as of 2pm the ESB does not anticipate any significant releases from Inniscarra Dam over the following 24-hour period."
A number of water releases have been made over the past six weeks but all in consultation with Cork City Council, Cork Co Council and Met Eireann, it said. The ESB insisted all releases coincide with low tidal levels and are made to help manage water levels downstream.
A GALWAY councillor had to be rescued from her home as flood waters threatened to leave her stranded. Fine Gael councillor Bridie Willers and her family were assisted from their home in Grannagh, Ardrahan, yesterday by members of the civil defence by boat.
Mrs Willers' husband, Denis, was only discharged from hospital yesterday, but the family must now stay with neighbours until the flood waters recede. "I was very upset leaving my home today. We were more prepared this time so we have all our valuables out of harm's way and I had to take bags of our possessions with us," Cllr Willers said.
"We've had this in 90-91, again in '95, the disastrous floods in '09 and every time we're informed this is a once-in-100-year event . . . this area has flooded repeatedly over the years and it causes a lot of distress to families. We need to address it."