Another night of stormy weather and high tides cause severe flooding

first_img(Photo courtesy of @Alanpbarry)HIGH TIDES AND THE severe weather caused further flooding overnight, with the worst affected area being Cork City, where the River Lee burst its banks yesterday evening.At around 8pm last night the waters of the River Lee flowed over the barrier walls, spilling into the city streets.The water flowed down the South Mall and onto Oliver Plunkett Street forcing gardaí to close of large parts of the city centre.This is the second night that the stormy weather and high tides have caused significant damage to the city.Speaking in RTE’s Morning Ireland, Cork City Mayor, Counsellor Catherine Clancy said she believes these are the worst floods since 2004.She said that lot of damage, has been done, but that Cork City Council did try and be prepared as they could be by giving out over 1,800 gel bags and over 650 sand bags.She added this did help the situation, however, water did get into some premises. Some kayakers decided to make the most of the situation by kayaking down Cork Street.Canoeists on the South Mall, Cork. Pic: Paloma Kreischer(Via @AcornBlinds) Meanwhile on Oliver Plunkett Street in the city, this woman tried to cycle her way home in the floods.(Via @AcornBlinds)High tide later this morning is causing further fears for the people of Cork, who fear they may not have seen the worst of it yet.John Mulvihill Jnr, Mayor of Cobh told RTE they were essentially cut off yesterday, which he said worried him for future emergencies as there would be no access.A woman walks through flood water in Cork city. (PA Images)Across the countryMeanwhile, other parts of the country are also waking up to damage caused by the stormy weather.Fallen trees, debris and flooding after excessive rainfall are the main problems throughout Leinster, Munster and Connacht.There is localised flooding in Wexford, Carlow and Waterford. Flooding was also reported in Kilkenny and Arklow.There are also dangerous conditions on the roads this morning, with temporary blocks on routes due to flood water and trees blocking roads from Clane to Kilcock, the Dublin Road into Naas, Ballymore Eustace and Newcastle to Rathnew in Wicklow.Around 8,500 households are without power, mainly in the southeast of the country.ESB Networks say crews are working to restore power.RoadsAA Roadwatch reports a collapsed wall on the Dundrum/Cashel Road and are asking drivers to take extreme care.Exiting the M50 northbound at J11 Tallaght there is also flooding, with one or two lane to close shortly.Today there will be further heavy showers according to Met Eireann, who said there will  be some thundery downpours and local flooding. There will be strong to gale force easterly winds over Leinster, Ulster and Connacht and also strong to gale force westerly winds later this morning and this afternoon over Munster.Met Eireann warns that there is another severe storm depression due to hit on Friday.(Weather making its way from the Atlantic on Friday. Via magicseaweed.com)Read: VIDEO: Yes, these people are kayaking down a flooded Cork street>Read: More rain and wind forecast tonight – so be careful on the roads>last_img

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