Saturday 16 November 2019

Fears ease over flooding in Dublin and Cork

Paul Melia

Paul Melia

FEARS of flooding in Cork and Dublin have appeared to subside after no major problems were reported.

In Cork, flood waters rose on several streets without entering buildings, while in Dublin the city council said it had closed flood gates on the major rivers and deployed sandbags in the event of a problem.

But a council spokesman said things seemed “reasonably OK” as high tide approached just before noon.

“We will have wave overtopping in Clontarf and Sandymount, but we’ve a stock of sandbags which have been deployed. Others are also ready, but we don’t think we’ll need them,” he said.

“We’re on a state of heightened alert. The flood defences on the River Tolka are in place, the Liffey Boardwalk is closed and the flood gates on the River Dodder are closed. Flood gates in Spencer Dock are also closed. Our drainage staff are working entirely on the issue.”

A ‘tide report centre’ has also been set up to take calls from the public, which will be operated until 3pm when the high tide will have subsided. The number is 01 222 2155.

Cork City Council has advised home and business owners to take steps to protect their properties and warnings will remain in place for several days.

In Waterford, the train station was flooded which resulted in services between the city and Kilkenny and Carrick-on-Suir being suspended. Bus transfers are in place.

Met Eireann spokesman John Eagleton said that, despite the flood warnings today, it “will be a good weekend to be out and about”.

It is forecast to be cold but the frost will not linger for the day.

Met Eireann's flood warning was issued as a result of high tides, onshore gales and up to 25mm of rain.

Irish Independent

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