Residents in west Cork are living in fear today after a weather warning for heavy rain was issued for the region.
Areas of west Cork, particularly Rosscarbery, Dunmanway and Rathbarry, were devastated by heavy rain in recent days, with homes and businesses left flooded and roads severely damaged.
Intense rainfall overnight, coupled with already saturated ground conditions, has resulted in flooding again this morning on the N-71 in Rosscarbery and Connonagh.
Cork County Council said its Roads Department and Fire Service staff were working throughout the night, putting sandbags in place and diverting the flood waters away from the N-71 and properties insofar as possible.
The N-71 has since reopened but the flooding has impacted a number of properties in the area and Cork County Council has warned of extensive damage to roads.
In the last few hours, a status yellow weather warning has been issued for 14 counties in Ireland, including all of Munster.
Senator Tim Lombard (FG) said there is great fear in west Cork following the weather warning.
“There is a great fear at the moment in terms of what will happen if we have another night of torrential rain.
“Properties have been totally destroyed, road infrastructure has been decimated and people, particularly in Rosscarbery, are very concerned about what the next few days might have in store,” he added.
“When the weather warning was issued in the last hour or so, people were coming out onto the streets and asking what’s going to happen if the rain falls hard again.”
Senator Lombard revealed that the Office of Public Works is to inspect areas of west Cork that were damaged by the floods in the coming ten days or so.
“In the short-term, the council needs to ensure that any minor work that can be done to relieve water is done immediately,” he said.
“If not, Rosscarbery will be in an awful state in the event of another night of heavy rain.
“Residents are devastated and they’re living in fear of more rain,” he added.
“Cork County Council will be issuing more sandbags later but there is a genuine fear about the capacity for Rosscarbery to take another downpour.”