Flood barriers have been erected in a number of towns in county Cork, but Cork County Council have warned locals not to worry.
Despite there being no imminent flood risk or weather event on the horizon, the barriers have been installed as a precautionary measure in Mallow and in Fermoy.
Barriers have been erected already in Fermoy North, are due to be erected in Fermoy South this week. These will all remain in place for the duration of the Covid-19 restrictions.
Cork County Council have said this is “purely a precautionary measure” but it’s understood it’s being done to mitigate any future resourcing issues the council may face as the outbreak continues.
It’s understood that as workers may have to self-isolate, staffing levels in various departments may drop and others may be redeployed to different areas to fill the void.
Cork City Council have readied themselves for similar, and were last week looking at what staff had skills in various areas, should they need to be redeployed.
Mayor of the county of Cork, Councillor Ian Doyle said: “We are in the midst of an unprecedented event. Covid-19 is effecting every one of us and I would like to take this opportunity as Mayor of the County of Cork to ask everyone to do their bit in this battle and help us control the spread of this virus.”
He went on to say that the operations within Cork County Council are set to significantly change for the foreseeable future, and has thanked all of the staff who made it possible.
“I must credit both our Council and Executive for their swift response to Covid-19 where prioritising staff and public health was of paramount importance,” he said.
“Taking the decision to change our service provision last week required the support of the Councillors and staff of Cork County Council and I thank you all for this,” the Mayor added.
“This St. Patrick’s Day will be like no other. A lot of people will be disappointed with cancelled parades across the county and I know how much effort goes into preparing for these events. But we can show how proud we are as a Nation by supporting each other, by adhering to the guidance from the HSE and by demonstrating how much we value each and every member of our communities,” he concluded.