Tuesday 23 January 2018

Cork: City quays break banks at high tide

The River Lee floods South Terrace and Georges Quay in Cork city this morning. Photo: Instagram/ @ronankirby
The River Lee floods South Terrace and Georges Quay in Cork city this morning. Photo: Instagram/ @ronankirby
Ralph Riegel

Ralph Riegel

CORK’S city quays broke their banks at high tide shortly after 6am today but flooding didn’t approach the levels reached last month.

Worst hit was low-lying areas including Sharman-Crawford Street, Union Quay, Lavitt’s Quay and Morrisson’s Quay.

However, no major damage was caused to retail or residential premises.

Gardai stressed that all city roads remained passable though they appealed to motorists to drive with extreme care given the high winds and large quantities of surface water.

Cork City and County Councils warned that a flood alert remains in place until tonight (Sunday) due to the combination of high tides and heavy rainfall.

Flooding was also reported in Bandon, Skibbereen, Mallow and Carrigaline as the county endured torrential rainfall for over 12 hours.

However, flood defences again held in Mallow and Fermoy where water levels in the River Blackwater remain exceptionally high.

Several hundred acres of farmland in the Lee, Blackwater and Funcheon river valleys remain under water.

High winds also made the work of the emergency services extremely difficult.

Several hundred homes in mid-Cork lost electricity as the winds damaged power lines.

ESB repair crews were working on the power outages – the worst of which occurred in Clare where 4,000 homes lost power.

The ESB said it hoped to have all customers reconnected by early evening (Saturday).

Cork Airport urged passengers to check their flight details as due to weather conditions a number of flights are expected to be cancelled.

Aer Lingus services to Heathrow have been hit with the 11.50am and 8pm flights already cancelled.

Walkers were urged to avoid exposed coastal areas of west and east Cork due to the danger posed by waves and gusting winds.

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