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storm warning Cork city centre braced for significant flooding as tides and winds to batter Rebel county


Heavy flooding on Oliver Plunkett street, Cork city.

Heavy flooding on Oliver Plunkett street, Cork city.

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Heavy flooding on Oliver Plunkett street, Cork city.

Cork’s city centre is at risk of significant flooding on Wednesday as a strong tidal surge and south-easterly winds create a dangerous combination, the local authority has warned.

Cork City Council has predicted that as well as low lying quays, locations most at risk include Lapps Quay, McSwiney Quay, Albert Quay, Kennedy Quay, French's Quay, Lancaster Quay, Sullivan's Quay, the South Mall including Patrick Street, the Grand Parade and Washington Street.

The council has also said that some areas of the city may experience significant localised flooding from tomorrow evening.

A period of “very high astronomical Spring Tides” will begin from tomorrow and last until Wednesday evening.

High tides are predicted to cause only minor flooding along low lying quay areas but it is the storm surge on Wednesday that is causing most concern.

Morning high tide on Wednesday is expected at 6.21am and evening high tide is expected at 06.43pm.

Householders and businesses have been advised to take all necessary precautions.

Cork City Council's Flood Assessment Team said there was a limited stock of gel-bags and sandbags available for collection by the public and businesses at the depot on Anglesea Terrace at Tramore Valley Park on the South Link Road.

Cork City Council says its flood assessment team are monitoring the situation “extremely closely” and that regular updates will be issued via their Twitter account and on the City Council website.

Around 100 buildings and dozens of parked cars were damaged by significant flooding in Cork city centre in October.

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