Caution urged as clean-up continues following Storm Francis

Caution urged as clean-up continues following Storm Francis
Bantry town was the victim of major floods last night with at least 50 homes and businesses suffering significant water and mud damage. The floods happened during a 4 hour deluge of rain. The force of the water ripped up part of the road in New Street. Cork County Council is pictured making emergency repairs to the road. Picture: Andy Gibson

Cork County Council is urging road users to exercise extreme caution as crews continue the clean-up operation following on from Storm Francis.

The local authority’s Crisis Management and Severe Weather Assessment Teams convened via teleconference this evening to discuss the operation.

Council crews have worked throughout the day to clear roads impacted by flooding, fallen trees and debris in many areas of the county.

The R666 Ballyduff to Fermoy and R589 at Crossbarry has been cleared and reopened to traffic.

In Bantry, Main Street, Bridge Street, High Street and New Street have reopened following the completion of a structural survey of the culvert to ensure that the integrity of the culvert wasn’t compromised by last night’s flood event.

This evening, Cork County Council said it was continuing to monitor Park Road in Mallow in respect of flood risk.

In a statement, the local authority urged road users to exercise extra caution.

“Cork County Council asks all road users to exercise extreme caution while crews continue to clear the routes affected. Following recent weather events, trees have been weakened and remain at risk of further damage.

“Road users are asked to be aware of spot flooding, debris and fallen trees on many roads. Motorists are advised not to drive through flood waters and be conscious of cyclists and pedestrians. While some flood waters may have abated, road edges may have been washed away or been undermined so extreme care is necessary,” it said.

It added:“Issues such as fallen trees, flooding and road damage should be reported to the relevant local area office during working hours or contact the Council’s Emergency Out of Hours number (021) 4800048 (5pm-9am & weekends & bank holidays). Contact details for the Council’s Area Offices are available at or by contacting Cork County Council Headquarters on (021) 4276891.” 

Meanwhile, the local authority has also advised that due to dangerous currents from storm damage Coolmaine Beach has been closed for all aquatic activities.

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