Watch: Cork city sees flooding one minute after high tide

Cork City Council has warned of "a significant risk of tidal flooding"
Watch: Cork city sees flooding one minute after high tide
Flooding at Fr Mathew quay in Cork city. Picture: Eddie O'Hare

Cork city’s Morrison’s Island has seen flooding one minute after high tide.

High tide was due at 7.33pm this evening and the city council had warned of “a significant risk of tidal flooding”.

The shared a video saying: “This taken a minute after high tide. Morrison’s Island breached but water didn’t get too far up Fr Mathew St.” 

There has also been reports of flooding on Wandesford Quay and on Union Quay in the city.

A status yellow wind warning has been announced for Cork, along with Dublin, Louth, Wexford, Wicklow, Meath, Kerry and Waterford.

Met Éireann has warned “very strong winds (south to southeast veering southwest tonight) with severe and damaging gusts will result in further disruption. Some coastal flooding will occur also.”  

The warning came into effect at 5pm and remains in place until 5am tomorrow.

A status yellow rainfall warning is also in place for the entire country, which is in place until 5am tomorrow.

Met Éireann has said: “Heavy squally downpours and thunderstorms will bring a risk of spot flooding at times today and tonight.”  

Flooding at in Cork city. Picture: Eddie O'Hare
Flooding at in Cork city. Picture: Eddie O'Hare

Early, Cork County Council urged people “to stay high, stay dry and stay away from the coast, rivers and lakes.” 

The council said their crews “remain on standby and prepare for additional heavy rainfall that is anticipated this evening”.

They added: “Property owners are advised to take precautions in low lying areas or areas susceptible to flooding; structural damage is possible.

“Road users are asked to exercise extreme caution as there is a lot of debris, loose branches and fallen trees and areas of spot flooding on many roads.

“Motorists are advised to drive with caution during heavy rain, not to drive through flood waters and be conscious of cyclists and pedestrians.

“Cork County Council asks all road users to be aware of the danger posed by high winds.”

The city council earlier warned of “very high astronomical Spring Tides”.

The council said: “A tidal surge and periodic strong southerly/south-easterly winds are also to occur at this time. These factors combined will result in tide levels higher than the natural tide levels”.

The council said that it is “highly likely that flooding will occur at low lying areas of the City Centre”, in particular on:

  • Morrison’s Quay 
  • Fr. Mathew Quay 
  • Fr. Mathew Street 
  • Union Quay 
  • Trinity Bridge 
  • South Terrace 
  • Lavitts Quay 
  • Kyrls Street 
  • Kyrls Quay 
  • Crosses Green 
  • Sharman Crawford St 
  • Wandesford Quay.

They said that there is also a risk flooding at:

  • Lapps Quay 
  • MacSwiney Quay 
  • Albert Quay 
  • Kennedy Quay 
  • Proby’s Quay 
  • Frenche’s Quay 
  • Lancaster Quay 
  • Sullivan’s Quay 
  • South Mall and via side streets onto Oliver Plunkett St., and thence to Patrick Street, Grand Parade, Washington Street, and Lower Glanmire Road.

Motorists can report issues such as fallen trees and road damage to their local council office during working hours or to call the emergency number (021) 4800048.

In the event of power outages, people should contact ESB Networks at 1850 372999, and in the event of a disruption to water supply, you should contact Irish Water at 1850 278278.

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