TRAFFIC delays are expected this evening with low lying quays likely to be closed off from early afternoon in the city centre.
Traders and residents are preparing for a high Spring tide this evening at 5.13pm and again tomorrow morning at 5.34am.
High tide this morning caused minor flooding at Morrison’s Island and on South Terrace but restrictions were lifted from 7am.
However, Noel Murtagh of Cork City Council’s environmental and recreation department told The Echo that people working in the city centre should plan ahead for travelling home, while motorists parked in quay areas should move their cars ahead of likely restrictions.
He added that the tidal surge will be lower than this morning but precautions will still be taken by the local authority.
“The high tide passed at 4.50am this morning. It was a level of 2.6 which means all the low quays got flooded significantly but thankfully, it wasn’t as bad as the storm surge had predicted. We thought it could get over to Patrick Street and Oliver Plunkett Street this morning but that didn’t happen.
“The flooding subsided on the quays and they were open from 7am. The big issue this evening is that the tide is 5.15pm and it’s a similiar high spring tide with slightly less surge.
“However, this means we will have to close off the quays from early afternoon. There will be traffic restrictions and we would urge people to be cautious and make plans for getting homes at this peak commuter time,” Mr Murtagh added.
A statement from Cork City Council issued at 12.25pm this afternoon said: "No parking will be permitted at Morrisons Island, Union Quay, Father Mathew Quay and Frenches Quay from 1pm today, Tuesday, until 7am on Wednesday morning due to forecasted high Spring tides."
"Please consider your afternoon/evening travel routes as Wandesford Quay, South Terrace, Kyrls Quay and Lavitts Quay will be closed to traffic from 4pm until 6.30pm this evening, Tuesday."
There is a significant risk of flooding in the city. Please note high tides are at 5.13pm this evening and at 05.34 am tomorrow morning, Wednesday.
Areas at risk include: Morrison’s Quay, Fr. Mathew Quay, Fr. Mathew Street, Union Quay, Trinity Bridge, South Terrace, Lavitts Quay, Kyrls Street, Kyrls Quay, Crosses Green, Sharman Crawford St and Wandesford Quay.
There is also a risk of flooding along Lapps Quay, McSwiney Quay, Albert Quay, Kennedy Quay, Proby’s Quay, French’s Quay, Lancaster Quay, Sullivan’s Quay, South Mall via side streets onto Oliver Plunkett St., St. Patrick Street, Grand Parade, Washington Street, and Lower Glanmire Road.
CIT School of Music has said all activities in the school will go ahead as planned this evening, but parking will be restricted on Union Quay from 1pm to 7pm and traffic will be restricted from travelling on Union Quay from 4,30pm until 6.30pm as directed by Cork City Council.
The Cork College of Commerce has cancelled classes from 4pm onward.
The city council has a limited number of gel bags and sandbags available at depots at Anglesea Street and Tramore Valley Park.
Cork City Council cleansing crews worked tirelessly through the morning to clear leaves and debris from drains.
Met Eireann has said that heavy showers will continue early tonight. The showers will become lighter later in the night with clear spells. Lowest temperatures of six to nine degrees. Winds will ease further and become mainly light east to northeast.
Dry weather is expected on Wednesday with sunny spells.
An archaeology lecture with Sara Nylund at Cork City Library on Grand Parade has been cancelled as a result of the potential flooding.