Cork braces itself for further flooding

Cork braces itself for further flooding

Flooding on Fr Mathew Quay in Cork City centre last night. Picture: Eddie O'Hare

CORK is bracing itself for further potential flooding this morning with a yellow rainfall warning also remaining in place until 3pm today.

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

Cork County Council 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 are at flood risk today.

In the city, low lying areas experienced some flooding at high tide yesterday evening. 

Flooding on Fr Mathew quay in Cork City centre last night
Flooding on Fr Mathew quay in Cork City centre last night

Flooding continues to be a risk this morning with high tide at 8.35am.

City Hall has said that it is highly likely that flooding 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 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.

Motorists are advised not to park in any of the areas listed until after 10am this morning.

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