FIREFIGHTERS were called into service early yesterday morning to pump water from a swollen river and help avoid disastrous flooding after a weekend of heavy rain in the south.
Members of the fire brigade in Cork pumped water from the Bridewell River in Bandon after the river rose more than two metres, while roads across Cork and Kerry were closed.
The main Killarney to Kenmare road in Kerry was closed, while the N71 was impassable between Inishannon and Bandon, Co Cork. Roads near the Torc Waterfall in Co Kerry were also closed.
The AA said that localised flooding occurred across Cork and Kerry, mostly on minor roads. But Met Eireann warned that more rain could fall along the south coast today, and that temperatures would fall during the week.
"The weather is pretty gentle over the next couple of days but it is getting colder," forecaster Joan Blackburn said. "There's a risk on Monday of thundery downpours in the south but it could miss us.
"It will be dry but it will be cold, with temperatures of 4-7C on Tuesday. On Thursday there's a particularly cold spell, with fog slow to clear. Night-time temperatures will be low, sub-zero most nights in a lot of places."
Units from Cork County Fire and Rescue Service were called in to pump water from the Bridewell River in Bandon late on Saturday night.
Deputy Mayor Sean O'Donovan, whose pub was flooded last year, said that emergency services were quickly on the scene.
"The Bridewell is a tributary of the main Bandon River, as soon as the water reaches up to the bridge you know you are in trouble," he said.
"The fire brigade were called and units also came from Clonakilty to help.
"They were pumping water out of the Bridewell and into the Bandon River from about 10pm until after four in the morning."