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Cork on alert once again as rain and high tides cause flooding

Motorists have been advised to change their travel plans and exercise extreme caution in coastal areas.

Updated 5pm

yawl Catherine Street in Youghal today. Source: TheJournal.ie

HARSH WEATHER CONDITIONS overnight and early this morning, combined with high tides, led to flooding in parts of Cork today.

Areas of the city centre were inaccessible this morning, with motorists advised to amend their travel plans.

Earlier today, AA Roadwatch advised drivers to avoid the following areas:

  • Georges Quay
  • Union Quay 
  • Wandesford Quay 
  • South Terrace 
  • Morrison’s Island
  • South Mall
  • Lapp’s Quay 
  • Lower Glanmire Road 
  • The lower end of Oliver Plunkett Street 

While some of the areas have become passable, motorists are still being advised to avoid certain locations if possible. 

In a statement this afternoon Cork County Council said its Severe Weather Assessment Team had reconvened today to monitor the situation as it develops.

Emergency crews are on full alert. A ‘status orange’ rainfall warning remains in effect for the county until 6am tomorrow.

“Many roads around the county are affected by surface water and motorists are advised to exercise caution, especially in coastal areas,” the council said.

“In Youghal, there was flooding from Brown Street to O’Rahilly Street and there was some property flooding on Back Street.

“Bailick Road and Bonnóg in Midleton was flooded earlier and minor flooding started on Lower Main Street but receded when the tide turned.

“The Council Yard on Hospital Road remains open today for the collection of sandbags and crews will be deployed again later for the evening high tide.

“There was some tidal flooding in the Carrigaline/Crosshaven area while in Kinsale, flooding occurred on Short Quay, Pier Road and Worlds End. Crews are currently clearing seaweed and fish boxes from this area.

“No issues were reported in Bandon. In Clonakilty, there was flooding on Bridge Road, Ring Road and Inchydoney Road. Further west, Skibbereen, Dunmanway and Bantry escaped the worst of the severe weather.”

A status yellow wind warning is also in place for Galway, Mayo, Wexford and all of Munster until 9pm this evening. There has also been a status yellow rainfall warning issued for Kerry, Limerick, Tipperary and Waterford.

First published 11.10am. Additional reporting Daragh Brophy.  

Read: Two weather warnings have just kicked in – get ready for some heavy rain

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