Thursday 23 February 2017

Even the banknotes in the cash register had to be dried out

Ralph Riegel

Ralph Riegel

Reg Collins dries out money after the shop safe in Pamela Scott's on Oliver Plunkett Street was flooded.
Reg Collins dries out money after the shop safe in Pamela Scott's on Oliver Plunkett Street was flooded.

YOU know the floods are bad when traders even have to dry the soaked euro bank notes from the 'floats' in their cash registers.

Cork shopkeepers began their biggest tidal flood clean-up since 2004 with many premises wrecked by stinking river water that reached one metre in depth and was exacerbated by drains and toilets that became fountains due to extreme water pressure. It was the fourth flood to hit Cork city centre in four weeks – three caused major damage.

Cork's busiest retail zones, including Oliver Plunkett Street and Patrick Street, resembled raging rivers from 9pm on Tuesday when the River Lee's south quays were swamped by high tides and a one-metre storm surge.

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