Residents and traders in Bandon are living in fear of more floods this evening, after the town was devastated by high water levels overnight.
Storm Francis brought with it heavy wind and rain which caused flooding in areas across West Cork once again.
Intense localised downpours in Bandon between 11pm and 3am resulted in flooding at Brady’s Lane and Bridge Street, which has since been cleared.
However, residents and traders fear that persistent heavy rain and the high tide will lead to more flooding later tonight.
Maggie Dwyer, manager of Gorta Charity Shop on Bridge Street in Bandon, said:
“Earlier this morning, the water came up to around four inches in the shop but then it receded.
“Our storeroom at the back is at a lower level and that flooded again.
“We had taken precautions by putting stock up higher but there was some that we had to throw out this morning,” she added.
“Last week, the pumps worked and we didn’t flood.
“The OPW have said they will find out why the pumps didn’t work this time.” Ms Dwyer said it is “frustrating” for residents and businesses in the area who felt the pump system should have prevented this flooding.
“The weather isn’t going to get much better today and we’re expecting high tides.
“We could be back to square one again tomorrow morning,” she added.
Speaking in Bandon this morning, Local Senator Tim Lombard said the people of Bandon are angry and want answers.
“In Bandon this morning, there is anger to say the very least that Bandon got flooded again last night.” Works were still ongoing this morning to address the main drainage in the town.
“One of the key issues is to make sure that we actually get answers on why Bandon flooded last night,” added Senator Lombard.
“Is it the lack of works completed? Did the pumps not kick in?
“The traders and businesses in Bandon need to know exactly what’s after happening,” he added.
Flood waters have been cleared, but Cork County Council said this morning that a number of roads have been damaged and are currently closed pending assessment.