Wednesday 24 May 2017

Residents and traders urged to 'take all necessary precautions' as flooding hits Cork city and county

Previous flooding in Bandon, Co Cork. Picture PA
Previous flooding in Bandon, Co Cork. Picture PA
Ralph Riegel

Ralph Riegel

Flooding hit roads around Cork city and county this morning due to the combination of high spring tides and gusting winds.

However, there were no reports of major property damage as high tide peaked around 9am.

Further high tides will occur in Cork at 7pm tonight and at 7am and 7pm again tomorrow before water levels begin to fall.

Flooding was reported on low-lying roads in Cork city centre at George's Quay, Union Quay and Sharman-Crawford Street from 8am today.

Flooding was also reported on Bailick Road in Midleton and on the East Cliff Road in Glanmire.

Cork Co Council’s severe weather analysis team urged the public to be aware of the likelihood of high tides over the next 48 hours with the greatest water heights expected in the south and east of the county.

Astronomical conditions were blamed for the exceptionally high tides while gusting winds helped exacerbate the tidal conditions.

The greatest impact of the high tides is expected to be felt by motorists due to the likelihood of floods on low lying roads, particularly in parts of Cork city and Cork harbour.

Residents and traders in low-lying properties were urged to take all necessary precautions.

However, it is expected that the primary impact of the high tides will be spot-flooding on low-lying roads during the peak morning and evening rush hours.

Gardaí have urged motorists to allow extra time for journeys and not to park cars in low-lying areas at risk of tidal flooding.

Drivers were also urged not to park cars in areas prone to flooding in Cork city centre.

Cork is currently the focus of a €140m flood protection scheme devised by the Office of Public Works (OPW).

The scheme was devised after the combination of torrential rainfall and high tides left the city facing its worst flooding in over 800 years in 2009.

An estimated €100m worth of damage was caused by those floods eight years ago.

However, Cork has been hit by less severe flooding four times since 2009.

Major flood protection plans are also underway for Skibbereen and Bandon in west Cork.

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