Update: Cork city streets to shut this evening ahead of overnight tidal surge

Update: Cork city streets to shut this evening ahead of overnight tidal surge

It is likely that flooding will occur in the low lying areas of the City Centre in particular on Morrison’s Island. Pic: Larry Cummins

Update: Morrisons Island, Union Quay, Father Mathew Quay and Wandesford Quay will be closed from 7pm tonight due to forecasted high Spring tides in the early hours of tomorrow.

From Tuesday morning until Wednesday evening, prior to and after these tides, there is a significant risk of flooding in the city.

Cork City Council crews will be in place overnight and these road closures will be reviewed in the early hours of the morning.

A tidal surge and periodic strong southerly/south-easterly winds are predicted over the next few days.

These factors combined will result in tide levels higher than the natural tide levels.

The natural cycle of High Tides for the following days is predicted for:

  • Tuesday at 4.50am and 5.13pm.
  • Wednesday at 5.34am.

"From Tuesday morning until Wednesday evening, prior to and after these tides, there is a significant risk of tidal flooding in the City," City Hall said.

It is likely that flooding will occur in the low lying areas of the City Centre in particular on 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., and thence to Patrick Street, Grand Parade, Washington Street and Lower Glanmire Road.

In 2014, tidal flooding in Cork extended onto Patrick's Street. 
In 2014, tidal flooding in Cork extended onto Patrick's Street. 

The situation will continue to be monitored and further advice will be issued.

Cork City Council has a limited stock of gel-bags and sand-bags available and said these can be collected from the Council depot on Anglesea Street and at Tramore Valley Park until 6pm today and from 8am until 6pm tomorrow.

A number of road closures and traffic restrictions will also be put in place. These will be introduced prior to flood events in order to reduce any negative impact of traffic movements through standing water. Any restrictions will be eased as appropriate.

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