University College Cork deploys flood defences to remain in place through Christmas

University College Cork (UCC) has deployed flood defences at some of its most vulnerable buildings and said they will remain in place throughout the Christmas holidays.

The university took the precautionary step last night as the ESB confirmed that it will continue discharging water from its Inniscarra Dams on Cork’s River Lee at a rate of 180 cumsecs — the highest level since 2009.

The discharge rate has been maintained at 180 cumsecs since last Friday after several days of sustained heavy rainfall, but flooding has been confined to downstream lands next to the river, particularly around the Lee Fields area.

The utility company said while they are making progress with reducing water levels in their reservoirs upstream of the dams, further heavy rain is forecast. While no flooding is anticipated in the city centre or on UCC property, college authorities said the situation is still a cause of some concern.

It deployed flood defences at key buildings last night, and will do so again tomorrow. It said once the flood defences are in place at properties on North Mall, Connolly, The Laurels, and Roseleigh, which are closing for Christmas, they will remain in place until these buildings reopen on January 4.

The college said the remainder of its buildings will open as scheduled over the Christmas period, and flood defences will be installed at these facilities each day.

A spokesman said the deployment of flood defences was a purely precautionary measure for buildings that were affected in the 2009 flood.

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