Cork on flood alert with rainfall weather warning in effect

Cork on flood alert with rainfall weather warning in effect
Rainfall weather warning is in effect for Cork. Pic Paul Mealey

CORK City was on flood alert today as heavy rain brought traffic chaos and the threat of further road closures.

As the cleanup continues from storm Ophelia, Met Éireann issued a status yellow weather warning, with Morrison's Island, South Terrace and Wandesford Quay all susceptible to flooding, according to Cork City Council officials.

Storm Brian is also on its way to Ireland this weekend and high winds are expected to return on Friday and Saturday.

The storm Brian warning will come into force for the entire country from 6pm on Friday.

Gardaí at Anglesea Street said they were anticipating problems caused by worsened road conditions and heavy rain today.

Motorists were being advised to take extreme caution, reduce speed and to be mindful of where they park their vehicles.

Some areas of the city were already experiencing flooding this morning. The AA was advising motorists to avoid the North City Link Road near the turn-off for Watercourse Road.

High tide in the city saw river levels rise to 4.52m just before 6am. The evening high tide will bring river levels to 4.69m at 6.19pm - increasing the risk of flooding.

City commute times were expected to be increased with CIT conferring ceremonies taking place and extra traffic anticipated around Bishopstown, Curraheen Road, Model Farm Road and Melbourne Road.

Centre Park Road, the Marina and Inchigaggin Lane all remained closed today due to fallen trees, while the Regional Park in Ballincollig is expected to remain closed for several days due to safety issues.

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