Second storm set to hit Cork

Second storm set to hit Cork

Cork City Fire brigade attend to localised flooding on the south Douglas Road in Cork city during heavy rains. Pic: Daragh Mc Sweeney/Provision

FLOODING is expected this evening across the city in Morrison’s Island, South Terrace and Wandesford Quay from 5.30pm to 7.30pm, with a status orange warning in place across the county.

Met Éireann predicted inland winds of up to 130km/h forecast as Storm Brian hits Cork.

Assistant Chief Fire Officer Dave Spillett said an orange weather alert for wind kicks in tonight just after midnight.

“We are a bit concerned with the after-effects of Ophelia, with trees being loose and the ground being wet, so we are watching that and Cork City Council’s environment department are keeping an eye on that.” The news comes as flooding severely hampered travel in many parts of Cork yesterday.

Several roads were closed and the Rochestown Road to Passage West was rendered almost impassable by yesterday afternoon due to flooding. Nearby, a fallen tree saw the road at Monastery Hill closed.

Flooding on Centre Park Road was a hazard for drivers yesterday.	Picture: Larry Cummins
Flooding on Centre Park Road was a hazard for drivers yesterday. Picture: Larry Cummins

Flash flooding was also reported on the North Link Road and the Old Youghal Road, while emergency services attended flooding on the South Douglas Road and fire services were pumping water at Turners Cross by Christ the King secondary school.

Flooding was also reported in the County overnight, with emergency services attending incidents in Midleton, Youghal, Castlemartyr and Ballydaniel.

Cork City Council issued a warning saying: “There are large accumulations of fallen leaves at many locations around the city following Hurricane Ophelia, creating the potential for spot flooding. Motorists are asked to drive with care and to remain vigilant as regards the potential for spot flooding.

“Also, as wind speeds increase the public is being warned that many trees remain damaged and unstable following the hurricane. People should travel with care. “ In the county, the Midleton to Dungourney road was closed along with regional roads in Glandore and Dunderow due to fallen trees and debris and diversions were in place in place between Crosshaven and Carrigaline.

Several other areas were affected by spot flooding including the N28 Ringaskiddy Road between Maryborough and Carr's Hill.

A statement from Cork County Council said a tidal surge is expected this evening at 6pm with the potential to cause tidal flooding across Bantry, Clonakilty, Youghal and Midleton.

The County Council said sandbags will be available at Council depots today.

A motorist drives through surface water on Monahan Road.	‘Pic: Larry Cummins
A motorist drives through surface water on Monahan Road. ‘Pic: Larry Cummins

Met Éireann said Storm Brian would not bring winds as ferocious as Storm Ophelia but would be severe and caution should be exercised when travelling.

“A rapidly deepening depression in the mid-Atlantic (Storm Brian) is expected to fill as it tracks over parts of Ireland overnight Friday and early on Saturday. In general, the winds in most parts of the country will not be as severe as on Monday," said a Met spokesperson.

“Yellow wind warnings are in effect countrywide, with Orange level warnings for coastal areas of the south and west. Various parts of the country will experience strong winds at different times during this period, with northern counties probably not encountering peak winds until Saturday afternoon.” Meanwhile, repair crews are at full capacity following the storm earlier this week, making emergency repairs across the City.

Cork City Council Housing and Community Directorate have received 300 calls and emails so far in the wake of Storm Ophelia.

Roofing contractors have been brought in by the Council to ensure emergency roof repairs are carried as soon as possible.

However, it is likely to take a number of days to get priority items secured and weatherproofed, with follow-on structural works required in a number of properties.

The hoarding on the Phase 1b housing construction site in the North West of the City is currently being repaired.

A vehicle negotiates floods on Cork’s Centre Park Road.	Picture: Larry Cummins
A vehicle negotiates floods on Cork’s Centre Park Road. Picture: Larry Cummins

Cork City Council is asking that tenants of local authority homes bear with it over the coming days as it assesses reported structural damage to council homes.

While the City Council has received some reports of tree or wall damage, there are no reports of any trees hitting properties.

The public is advised to be careful of any loose slates and tiles which may still pose a risk and need to be generally aware that there remains a real health and safety risk due to structural property damage.

Structural damage to Cork City Council homes should be reported to 021 4298710 with all other calls to be reported to (021) 4966222.

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