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Bill for flooding will run into millions as more storms on way


Pedestrians in Dublin. Photo: Damien Eagers

Pedestrians in Dublin. Photo: Damien Eagers

Pedestrians in Dublin. Photo: Damien Eagers

HIGH winds and storm tides will continue to cause misery around the country over the coming days after parts of Cork city and coastal areas of Waterford were hit by floods this morning.

Forecasters expect Dublin and the east coast to see a break in the heavy showers tomorrow morning before they return with a vengeance in the afternoon.

It has been estimated that the clean-up operation from the latest storm will run into millions of euro, with hundreds of homeowners in Limerick hit by flood damage.

In New Ross, Co Wexford, the garda station was this morning surrounded by flood water, while there was traffic chaos on Cork's Fr Mathew Quay, South Mall, Lower Glanmire Road, Morrisson's Quay, Union Quay and Lavitts Quay after the River Lee broke its banks.

In Waterford, some parts of the city centre were impassable, and flooding hit Passage East, Dunmore East and Tramore.

Dublin City Council said flood defences remained in place in Clontarf and on the Tolka and Dodder rivers.

Met Eireann forecaster Jim O'Brien warned that a brief let-up in the rain in Dublin and surrounding counties tomorrow morning will be followed by more wet and windy weather in the afternoon.

He said today's rain will clear eastwards later in the afternoon and tomorrow morning would be "much drier and brighter".

"Rain will spread along the east coast in the afternoon and by evening time the winds will be up strong to gale force."

He said there was a continuing risk of flooding due to a combination of high tides and winds.

The clean-up in Limerick is continuing after up to 2,000 people living in 300 houses in the St Mary's Park area were affected by the weekend flooding.