The public has been warned of the danger of more flooding as a result of high tides and gale-force winds over the weekend.
Local authorities around the coast have begun issuing alerts about the increased risk of flooding and dangerous weather conditions. They are urging businesses to take precautionary measures to protect their properties, while members of the public are asked to take care when walking near exposed coastal locations.
Storm-force gales combined with seasonal high tides have placed a number of locations, including Cork City and parts of Dublin, at serious risk of flooding.
Met Éireann has forecast heavy rainfall and gale-force winds from tomorrow, especially along the western seaboard with an increased risk of flooding.
The outlook for the remainder of the weekend is for similar weather with further heavy falls of rain and sleet expected on Saturday. Severe gusts are likely to be experienced along the western and southern coasts with more heavy showers expected on Sunday.
“The strong winds and high seas coupled with high tides may cause coastal flooding,” said a Met Éireann spokesman. He also warned the unsettled weather would continue into the early days of next week.
Business owners in Cork City centre, whose premises were already hit by serious flooding at the start of the month, are facing a further anxious period over the next few days.
Cork City Council has warned householders and businesses in low-lying parts of the city to take measures to protect their property.
The council said a tidal surge combined with strong southerly winds from tomorrow would increase the risk of flooding in the city.
It identified areas including Union Quay, Morrison’s Quay, French Quay, Lavitt’s Quay, South Terrace, Rutland Street, and Lapps Quay as high-risk locations.
Other areas at potential risk include the South Mall, Oliver Plunkett St, Princes Street and George’s Quay.
The first high tide is expected at 5.37am tomorrow and again around 6pm. The natural cycle of high tides is also to see high water levels on Saturday and Sunday.
In Dublin, the council said the tide due at 11.30am tomorrow and 12.18pm on Saturday will be particularly high. The council is taking a number of precautionary measures to minimise the risk of flooding. Around one tonne of sandbags deployed in Clontarf earlier in the month have remained in place. In addition, Dublin City Council has large capacity pumps on standby in Clontarf to assist in dealing with potential flooding.