Cork hit with further flood damage; motorists asked to take care on roads

Cork hit with further flood damage; motorists asked to take care on roads
Pictured at Bandon Co Cork where flooding occured at Bridge street and South main street. Picture: Denis Boyle

Storm Francis has resulted in flooding in many areas of the county, with almost 50 properties affected in Bantry alone.

There has been extensive flooding in The Square, New Street, Bridge Street and Main Street in Bantry, resulting in damage to almost 50 properties. Prolonged intense rainfall in an already saturated ground is being blamed.

Flood waters have been cleared, but Cork County Council say a number of roads have been damaged and are currently closed pending assessment.

Intense localised downpours in Bandon between 11pm and 3am resulted in flooding at Brady’s Lane and Bridge Street, which has since been cleared.

Flooding also took place at Dunmanway, Rosscarbery, Connonagh, Clonakilty, Drimoleague, Leap, Ballydehob, Passage West and Youghal. 

However, there was no further flooding overnight at “The Cutting” in Skibbereen.

Cork County Council Fire Service and Roads crews have worked throughout the night to clear flood water and assist properties affected.

Their Crisis Management Team convened this morning to review the situation, while crews are currently being redeployed from other areas of the county to assist with the clean-up operations in those areas most severely impacted.

Council response crews and contractors remain on standby today, as a Yellow Wind Warning is in place for Cork until 7pm.

Road users are asked to be aware of spot flooding, debris and fallen trees on many roads. Motorists are advised to drive with caution during heavy rain, not to drive through flood waters and be conscious of cyclists and pedestrians.

Around 200 homes and businesses near Kinsale and Bantry are also without power this morning.

Cork County Council have issued the following advice:

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 www.corkcoco.ie or by contacting Cork County Council Headquarters on (021) 4276891.

The strong winds may give rise to localised power outages. In the event of a disruption to power supply, please contact ESB Networks at 1850 372999. Fallen or grounded wires should be avoided and the public are advised to call ESB in assisting with the identification of fallen wires.

In the event of a disruption to water supply, please contact Irish Water at 1850 278278.

In the event of an emergency call 999 or 112 and request the Fire Service, Ambulance Service, Gardaí or Irish Coastguard as appropriate. DO NOT assume others will do this.

Cork County Council’s Severe Weather Assessment Team and Crisis Management Team will reconvene again this morning and will continue to monitor this situation. Weather updates are available at www.met.ie. Cork County Council will provide updates on www.corkcoco.ie and on the Council’s social media channels @Corkcoco.

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