Cork advised that the current severe weather event 'is not over' 

Cork advised that the current severe weather event 'is not over' 

The new water ring defences ,which were placed around the County in preparation for the expected floods at the Carrigrohane road

Lunchtime update: Cork City Council has moved to advise the public that the current severe weather event "is not over".

In a statement this afternoon, the council said that due to the waterlogged land, tree roots foundations are weakened and "run-off of rainwater into rivers and on to roads is increased".

"The continuing adverse weather conditions will lead to further river flooding this evening," the council said.

Cork City Council had crews out throughout the night and these were replaced with fresh teams today. 

"Our crews continue to monitor the situation and take action where necessary.

"We continue to liaise with the other Principal Response Agencies and are ready to react to any situation which might develop," Cork City Council continued. 

Earlier: Cork seems to have escaped catastrophic levels of flooding overnight but the public has been advised to "be on alert" until tomorrow afternoon as heavy rain continues.

Met Éireann's Status Orange rainfall warning came into effect at 7pm last night and is due to remain in place until 9pm tonight.

The national forecaster advised that heavy rain on Monday night and Tuesday would "likely cause further river flooding and surface water flooding". 

A Status Yellow wind warning for the entire country also remains in place until 6pm this evening.

"South to southwest winds will reach mean wind speeds of 50 to 65km/h, with gusts of 90 to 110km/h. 

"Where winds are onshore there is a risk of coastal flooding," Met Éireann warned.

Despite the persistent rain and strong winds last night, Cork County Council said this morning that "no major flooding of properties" has yet been reported.

Cork County Council’s Severe Weather Assessment Team convened early this morning in relation to the impact of the weather overnight and to monitor locations throughout the day.

Roads affected include the R587, closed at Ardcahan Bridge; the L4625, closed at the Idle Bridge; the N72 at Park Road, Mallow is closed and the L3418, where the northern outskirts of Macroom Town are flooded and closed.

There is also flooding on the R586 at Ballincarriga and Manch and flooding on R584 Hartnett’s Cross to Toons Bridge.

A number of fallen trees have been reported across the city and county, including on the R600 at Fivemilebridge, by the Blarney Hotel and Golf Resort and at Woodbrook in Glanmire.

Cork City Council said the high winds last night have caused "a number of trees to fall around the Maryborough area".

Cork City Council closed the Lee Road, the Cloghroe Road and Inniscarra Road last night. 

Many other roads across the city have surface water and ponding including the Carrigrohane Road, Inchigaggin Lane and roads between Inniscarra and the city.

Both Cork City Council and Cork County Council have urged motorists to exercise extreme caution as driving conditions may be hazardous with surface flooding or fallen trees and branches. 

Motorists are advised to avoid driving through flowing or standing water and to exercise caution during heavy rain, avoiding unnecessary journeys. 

Cork City Council again moved to advise the public that the River Lee and its many tributaries may burst their banks due to rain levels and the current waterlogged nature of the ground. 

"This is a 48 hour event and Cork City Council is asking property owners to be on alert until Wednesday afternoon," Cork City Council said in a statement.

Council crews cleaned gullies yesterday and cleared trash screens and are on standby across the city. 

River levels are being monitored constantly by the Flood Response Team.

Director of Operations, David Joyce advised people who live and work in areas prone to river flooding to take active measures to protect their property. 

"People are advised that sandbags and gels bags are available at our Anglesea Terrace depot and Tramore Valley Park civic amenity site from 8am today, Tuesday," he said.

The city’s flood plan has been activated and the Defence Forces remain on standby.

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