Cork under water as the city and county sees widespread flooding

Cork under water as the city and county sees widespread flooding
Pedestrians pictured on Washington Street during heavy rains. Pic Daragh Mc Sweeney/Provision

Weather conditions are to vastly improve in time for the Easter holidays after widespread flooding struck Cork today.

Met Éireann had issued a status orange rain warning and a yellow wind warning for 24 hours across Cork City and County on Sunday evening.

Commuters pictured driving during heavy rains through floodwater Centre Park Road. Pic Daragh Mc Sweeney/Provision
Commuters pictured driving during heavy rains through floodwater Centre Park Road. Pic Daragh Mc Sweeney/Provision

As a result of the rain, there was surface flooding across the city and county, along with trees down in parts too.

Roads were made impassable in various locations yesterday due to the high level of rainfall including roads in Dunmanway and Ardcahan.

In the city, Monahan Road, the Centre Park Road, Carrigrohane Road and Commons Road were all impacted by significant volumes of surface water.

Cork was the wettest part of Ireland in recent days. The weather station at Cork Airport recorded almost 30mm of rain on Sunday with a further 4 mm today.

While most people were able to stay indoors during the spell of heavy rain, Cork Simon Community were busy, with their emergency shelters at capacity. A Cork Simon spokesperson told The Echo that their shelters were full, although they did find room for an extra five to six people.

Con O'Shea with his two Bulldog pups, Buddy and Honey, playing in the foam that has been created by heavy seas during a storm at Myrtleville Beach. Picture David Creedon / Anzenberger
Con O'Shea with his two Bulldog pups, Buddy and Honey, playing in the foam that has been created by heavy seas during a storm at Myrtleville Beach. Picture David Creedon / Anzenberger

Despite the rainfall, temperatures are set to rise across Cork City and County, with mostly clear skies and temperatures ranging from 12 to 15 degrees from today up to Good Friday.

The Easter weekend will see weather conditions improve further, with temperatures peaking at 19 degrees. It is forecasted to be cloudy but dry on Easter Sunday.

"Continuing mild for the weekend but the highest temperatures will shift to the east on Saturday as cloud increases in the west. Highs of 15 to 20 degrees in light winds," Met Éireann said.

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