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Flooding on Father Matthew Quay. Picture: Eddie O'Hare
Flooding on Father Matthew Quay. Picture: Eddie O'Hare
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Caution advised as parts of Cork hit by flooding

Parts of the city centre have flooded during high tide this evening and there are reports of flooding in other areas of Cork, such as Carrigaline.

In the city centre, Father Matthew Quay, Union Quay, Morrison's Island, Wandesford Quay and Lavitts Quay are among the areas to have flooded, following high tide at approximately 8:15pm.

Earlier today, both Cork City Council and Cork County Council issued flood warnings in light of the heavy rainfall and the occurrence of very high astronomical Spring Tides.

 Flooding on Father Matthew Quay. Picture: Eddie O'Hare

Flooding on Father Matthew Quay. Picture: Eddie O'Hare

In a statement issued by Cork County Council, they said heavy precipitation would bring "a risk of river and surface flooding".

"The Office of Public Works has advised that there will be a period of very high astronomical Spring Tides approaching Highest Astronomical Tide (HAT) in all coastal areas, commencing this afternoon, Monday 19th until tomorrow, Tuesday 20th October 2020."

The council advised that areas near Cork Harbour and Bantry Bay were a flood risk for today and tomorrow.

Cork is bracing itself for further potential flooding tomorrow morning as a yellow rainfall warning remains in place until 3pm.

High tide in the morning is at 8:35am.

 Flooding on Father Matthew Quay. Picture: Eddie O'Hare

Flooding on Father Matthew Quay. Picture: Eddie O'Hare

City Hall has said that it is highly likely that flooding in the city centre will occur in particular on:

Morrison’s Quay; Mathew Quay; Mathew Street; Union Quay; Trinity Bridge; South Terrace; Rutland Street; Sawmill Street; Lavitts Quay; Kyrls Street; Kyrls Quay; Crosses Green; Sharman Crawford St; and Wandesford Quay.

David Joyce, Director of Operational Services in Cork City Council earlier today said the council was well equipped to handle potential flooding.

"Cork City Council is well prepared to support the citizens and businesses of Cork during this tidal event.

"We have resources on standby and in conjunction with the other Principal Response Agencies, including the Fire Services, An Garda Síochána and the Civil Defence, we stand ready to respond to whatever issues arise," he said.