Cork hit hardest as calls grow for flood defences

There have been renewed calls for flood defences in Cork after the city and county were hit by flooding for the second night in a row.

Cork hit hardest as calls grow for flood defences

In the city, home and business owners escaped major property damage, though water did enter some premises. There were, however, fears that there could be a greater flooding risk when the River Lee reaches high tide at 8am today. Bands of prolonged heavy rainfall have swept along the south and south-west of the country over the last 48 hours.

But Cork was also hit by a combination of low atmospheric pressure and a tidal surge which resulted in extensive localised flooding on the South Mall, Morrison’s Island, Union Quay, South Terrace, George’s Quay, Lavitt’s Quay, and other low-lying areas.

Several roads were impassable causing some delays during the morning rush hour.

Council workers closed many of the same roads before high tide at 7.30pm last night. They flooded again but the water receded within a few hours. There were reports of up to two feet of water in a number of areas of the city including Oliver Plunkett Street and Proby’s Quay.

Cork Chamber said the Lee CFRAMS study on flood risk and management in Cork must be completed urgently. Work began on the study in 2006.

Chamber chief executive Conor Healy said repeated flooding of the city centre is not acceptable.

“The Lee CFRAMS study is just the first part of this project,” he said.

“Then we get recommendations, then we’ll have to go through the process of applying for funding to implement whatever flood defences are recommended.

“It’s too long to wait. Anything that can be done in the short-term to mitigate flooding incidents should be done.”

The Cork Business Association said members in flood risk zones got advance warning thanks to the council’s new early warning flood alert system.

The system was activated for the first time after Met Éireann issued a severe weather alert on Tuesday afternoon.

In the county areas, Belvelly Bridge in Cobh was flooded, and water poured over the Quay Wall in Youghal.

Main St in Carrigaline and roads around Bantry, Clonakilty, and Timoleague were flooded, as was a section of the N25 Corkto Waterford Rd at Carroll’s Cross.

Rail services between Waterford and Kilkenny were suspended after the tracks at Plunkett RailStation were flooded. Passengers were bussed to and from Kilkenny.

In Dublin, the Long Mile Rd at the junction of the N7 was totally flooded, and there were reports of severe flooding on the Pembroke Rd, Northumberland Rd, Blessington Rd in Tallaght, and in Jobstown.

Flooding was also reported on Foster’s Avenue, the Chapelizod Rd outbound at Palmerstown, as well as at the Walkinstown Rd roundabout.

Several cars were abandoned after becoming stuck in floodwaters on the M1 at Lusk.

Some early Dart services from Sandycove were delayed by flooding.

Gardaí last night again urged road users to exercise extreme caution.

While a weather and gale warning remained in effect, Met Éireann said the worst of the weather has passed.

The forecast today is for bright or sunny spells with scattered showers, some of which will be heavy and possibly thundery, generally affecting the midlands, west and North, with much of Leinster and east Munster staying dry.

Tomorrow will be dry with sunny intervals, with similar conditions on Saturday.

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