CORK city escaped widespread flooding at high tide this morning but traders and residents are still on high alert.
Morrison's Island, Union Quay, Father Mathew Quay and Wandesford Quay were all closed by Cork City Council last night but crews were able to reopen them to the public just before 7am this morning.
South Terrace was hit worst with vehicles struggling through the water. Parts of Morrison’s Island, including the quay, Fr Mathew Quay and the footbridge across the Union Quay all experienced minor flooding.
The water did not rise high enough to flow onto South Mall.
A statement issued by City Hall this morning said: “Early morning flooding was minor, extending from around Morrison Island quays to approx centre line of South Mall, but not beyond. South Terrace possibly worst affected due to vehicles driving through floods. Cork City Council crews are re-opening quays. Early morning flooding was minor, extending from around Morrison Island quays to approx centre line of South Mall, but not beyond. South Terrace possibly worst affected due to vehicles driving through floods."
However, former Lord Mayor Des Cahill was in the city centre just after high tide at 4.50am and said this is a warning that the city needs flood defences as soon as possible.
“The level of floodwater on Cork city centre quays this morning highlights the need for the updated flood relief scheme to proceed.
“The flood this morning could have been drastic.
“[Flood defences] will protect our city, it’s people and it’s businesses.
“It is time for decisive action now. The money is in place, the design is done and now is the time to do it,” he added.
Last week marked 10 years since a devastating river flood caused an estimated €90 million worth of damage in the city centre.
High tides will come again this evening at 5.13pm and tomorrow morning at 5.34am.
Meanwhile, a four-car collision on the N40 caused and another crash on the same road have caused delays for commuters heading toward the city.
AA Roadwatch said this morning: “There's a crash on the N40 eastbound at J2 Curraheen in the right lane, causing very heavy traffic coming from the N22. Closer to the tunnel, there's another crash on the westbound side near J9 Bloomfield with traffic heavy on approach from the M8. It’s also heavy from the N25 onto Lwr Glanmire Rd inbound as people divert towards town to avoid the N40.
“Traffic lights are out of action on the Carrigrohane Rd in Carrigrohane itself at the turn-off for Leemount. There's a long queue on approach to that junction coming from Healy's Bridge.
“It's very busy on the Old Dublin Rd (R639) inbound from before Sallybrook into Glanmire.
“The N28 is slowest now approaching Carr's Hill from the Carrigaline direction, with delays continuing towards the N40.
“Rochestown Rd is quite busy inbound on approach to the roundabout off the N28.”