Flooding in Cork.
Flooding in Cork. Forecasters have warned of local flooding as winds of up to 110kmh at times, associated with Storm Frank.
Bandon, Midleton, Glanmire and vulnerable quays in city affected by rising water levels.
The Irish Times reported, homeowners and businesses across Cork are counting the cost of Storm Frank after flooding occurred in both city and county areas.
Some 20 businesses in Bandon were flooded for the second time in a month after water started to come up shores and gutters in the town as levels in the River Bandon rose overnight.
Traders were joined by Civil Defence, fire brigade personnel and Cork County Council staff well as local farmers with slurry tankers as they battled through the night to contain rising flood waters.
Seán O’Donovan, a former mayor of Bandon, said pumps distributed by the council did help but up to 20 premises in the centre of town were flooded to a depth of two feet.
Among the areas affected were South Main Street, North Main Street, Bridge Street, Weir Street, Brady’s Lane and Pearse Street, most of which were flooded earlier this month after Storm Desmond.
Mr O’Donovan said some 100 people were involved in the effort and virtually all traders were able to move stock after the council issued a flood alert.
In the east of the county, Midleton was hit by severe flooding as water levels in the Owenacurra river rose dramatically. Up to 30 families had to be evacuated from their homes.
Supt John Quilter of Midleton Garda station said some 13 families had to be evacuated from the Woodlands Estate while another six had to be evacuated from Railway Cottages.
A further three families had to be evacuated from Distillery Lane as flood waters entered their homes. Those affected were accommodated overnight in the Park Hotel in the town.
The army was called in overnight to put in structural support on a wall to protect a housing estate in the town from flooding as water levels in the Owenacurra rose.
The N25 Cork-Waterford road was closed due to heavy flooding between Castlemartyr and Killeagh and gardaí were unable to put diversions in place due to flooding on back roads.
Gardaí were reluctant to divert traffic heading east to Waterford north via Fermoy because of flooding on roads from Fermoy to Conna and Tallow, said Supt Quilter.
In Fermoy, council staff were also erecting mountable barriers to protect low-lying areas off the town such as Ashe Quay, O’Neill Crowley Quay and Brian Boru Square.
So far the flood defences in the town appear to be working even though there is heavy flooding on several low-lying routes around the town including the Conna, Tallow and Ballyduff roads.
Severe winds with damaging gusts for a time this morning abating by early afternoon.
Heavy showers mostly in the west and northwest, thundery in places and possibly wintry on higher ground.
Showers will become more scattered during the afternoon with some sunny spells developing. Cold with temperatures of 5 to 8 degrees Celsius.
The south and west of the country were battered by winds of up to 110kmh per hour, associated with Storm Frank.
Cold tonight with clear periods but showers in places also, some prolonged in southern counties especially and some may be wintry in northern areas. Lowest temperatures of 0 to 4 degrees Celsius with sharp frost in places and some icy patches.
Cold and blustery tomorrow Thursday, windy in some coastal areas. A band of heavy prolonged showers in southern counties will spread northwards during the morning, so turning very showery with heavy falls of rain in places for a time but rain or showers will become more scattered again by evening. Some wintry falls of sleet or wet snow likely on higher ground. Afternoon highs of 3 to 8 degrees Celsius.
Picture: Midleton this morning.
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