Monday 11 December 2017

Video: County hit by disaster for second time in day

Niall O'Connor

Niall O'Connor

IN A double blow Cork city and its coastal reaches were hit for a second time last night by flooding across the county.

In an identical spread across the county the tide caused havoc for late night commuters in the same way it caused trouble earlier yesterday morning.

Morning rush-hour travellers were confronted with as much as two feet of water across Cork city centre and coastal towns.

It was Cork's fourth incidence of major flooding in the last 12 months as city streets were filled with water.

Twice yesterday, at high tide, streets in Cork city were under water as floodwaters blighted the city.

Cork City Council was reporting that Morrisons Quay, Lavitts Quay, Lapp's Quay, Fr Matthew Quay, Merchant Quay and Union Quay were all impassable.

These areas are major traffic zones for morning and evening rush hour.

Luckily many businesses had prepared for the flooding and put flood defences in place. However, council officials said that businesses were "bound to be affected".

South Terrace in the city centre was closed off as water from the nearby river poured over a wall.

The South Mall, Cork's main business district, was hit by several centimetres of water as high tide crept into the city centre yesterday.

Padraig O Riordain of Redmayne Stockbrokers on the South Mall spoke about the threat to his business.

"You can't get insurance here for flooding," he said.

Across County Cork towns and villages in coastal areas were struck by the flooding.

In Youghal gardai were operating a diversion as water was pouring over the quay wall -- with the Coastguard assisting in efforts to help motorists and householders.

Irish Independent

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