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Businesses and properties left under metre of water in Cork city

Motorists have been advised to avoid the city after the River Lee burst its banks.

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Flooding (stock) (Damien Storan/PA)

Flooding (stock) (Damien Storan/PA)

Flooding (stock) (Damien Storan/PA)

Many businesses and shops in Cork city have been left under a metre of water after significant flooding hit several streets overnight.

Business owners are counting the cost of sudden flooding following Tuesday morning’s high tide.

Despite flood warnings issued on Monday, many struggled to protect properties because of the speed at which the floodwater rose.

The flooding came hours after the Government announced plans for the country to go into a Level 5 lockdown for six weeks.

Cars left on a number of streets overnight were badly damaged.

Video footage posted on social media shows beer kegs floating down Pembroke Street in the city.

Other streets affected by the flooding include South Mall, Princes Street and Oliver Plunket Street.

Motorists have been advised to avoid the city after the River Lee burst its banks.

Sinn Fein TD Donnchadh O Laoghaire tweeted: “Heartbreaking footage from the city centre this morning.

“The last thing businesses and residents needed right now.

“Flooding in South Parish, Carrigaline and Passage as well.

“The two councils and OPW must ensure all supports possible are made available to those affected.”

Cork County Council warned that Bantry town is impassable because of the tidal flooding.

“Please do not attempt to travel through the town for the next hour while high tide subsides,” it tweeted.

Co Cork has been hit by a number of floods over recent months, particularly in West Cork where widespread damage was caused to businesses and properties.

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