Latest: High tide passes without major incident but flood warning remains in place

Latest: High tide passes without major incident but flood warning remains in place
A stranded motorist pushes his car through the water in Kinsale at high tide as the Bandon River flooded parts of the town.Picture. John Allen

A number of cars parked by the quays in Cork city centre and one property at Crosses Green were water damaged following high tide this evening, but largely it passed without major incident.

High tide was at 5.13pm, with parts of the city closed to traffic for a time.

Flooding on Fr Mathew Quay in Cork city tonight. 
Flooding on Fr Mathew Quay in Cork city tonight. 

Wandesford Quay, South Terrace, Kyrls Quay and Lavitts Quay were shut to traffic from 4pm until 6.30pm, while parking was also prohibited at Morrisons Island, Union Quay, Father Mathew Quay and Frenches Quay from 1pm today until 7am on Wednesday morning - with another high tide at 5.34am on Wednesday morning.

Flooding on Fr Mathew Quay this evening. 
Flooding on Fr Mathew Quay this evening. 

Householders and businesses were advised to take measures to protect their property, while Cork City Council had a limited number of gel bags and sandbags available at depots at Anglesea Street and Tramore Valley Park.

One city centre resident who lives next to the Deans Hall Crosses Green student accommodation was lucky his home emerged unscathed from the high tide. 

However, the cars parked across the street, less than a few feet from his front door didn’t have such good fortunes.

“People were advised to move them,” he said. 

He also had a Floodgate barrier outside his front door as the floods crept towards his house. 

Flooding on Fr Mathew Quay
Flooding on Fr Mathew Quay

“Sandbags, they don’t really do the job, you have to keep replacing them,” he said.

"You get used to it. It’s from this time of year for a good few months, it’s just part of living here. This (barrier) is more for peace of mind,” he added.

Michael Cronin making his way home through the floods
Michael Cronin making his way home through the floods

One woman, who’s husband had rushed back to their car that was parked along Father Matthew Quay told The Echo they managed to get to their car in time before damage was done. 

“We’re just after getting it out, we were lucky it didn’t get stuck,” she said.

The owner of the 3 Little Piggies on Union Quay Paul Walsh and his colleague watched on from inside as the river water rose as high tide approached at 5.13pm. 

“We’re just watching it creep up on to the pavement now, and on to the road. I know this building protects against the tidal surge but at the same time it’s going to affect business this evening,” he said.

They lost all the evening trade they usually get during term time. 

“Usually during college term, we’re open until eight o’clock,” Paul said.

When asked about the plans for the city’s flood defences, Paul said: “I don’t agree with the OPW's plans on the walls, I think it will destroy the city. Downstream is the only answer really for the long-term. It’s going to cost a little bit extra but it will protect the city.” 

Flooding on Fr Mathew Quay.
Flooding on Fr Mathew Quay.

The high tide and road closures had a significant impact, especially on commuter traffic leaving the city this evening. 

Many areas were closed off, with knock-on impacts being felt citywide.

According to AA Roadwatch, traffic on the N40 was very slow on Tuesday evening.

There were eastbound delays from J6 Kinsale Rd to the Dunkettle Interchange, while there were westbound delays from the Interchange to J9 Bloomfield.

The N25 heading out of the city was also gridlocked, with queues of almost 3km approaching the Dunkettle Interchange.

Meanwhile, outside the city, the Kinsale/Ballinspittle Rd was closed at World’s End due to coastal flooding.

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