Monday 26 September 2016

Misery for commuters as heavy rain overnight leads to travel chaos

Published 14/12/2015 | 09:12

Simon Harris
Simon Harris

TORRENTIAL overnight rainfall and high tides has caused travel misery for commuters across the south-west with flood warnings in place in several areas.

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Heavy rainfall and high tides forced the temporary closure of the Cobh/Midleton-Cork rail line.

A build up of flood waters at Glounthaune forced Irish Rail to temporarily suspend services with bus transfers in operation.

Services are due to resume from shortly after 9am.

Motorists were also warned not to park their cars in low-lying areas along Cork's city quays.

There is a risk of spot flooding on Morrison's Quay, Sharman-Crawford Street and Fr Mathew Quay.

Floods remain in place on the Lee Fields and on the Carrigrohane Strait.

However, the ESB has reduced water discharges from the Lee reservoirs.

Gardai urged motorists to drive with extreme care in the county.

The N72 remains impassable at Killavullen in  north Cork while the Macroom road has now re-opened after weekend flooding.

However, Gardai stressed that there are large quantities of surface water on roads in Bandon, Dunmanway, Bantry, Ballylickey, Clonakilty, Kilworth, Macroom and Mallow.

Office of Public Works Minister Simon Harris will visit Bandon and Skibbereen in west Cork today to see at first hand the damage caused

by recent floods.

Mr Harris will also discuss the status of local flood reliefs schemes being planned by the OPW.

Bandon locals are furious that, despite being promised a flood protection scheme after the disastrous 2009 floods, construction work has still not started on the project.

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