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25th Nov 2019

Cork City Council issues ‘tidal flood alert’ as Storm Sebastien threatens

Darragh Murphy

Flooding in Cork city

Cork City Council has warned residents and businesses to anticipate significant flooding in the city centre over the coming days.

Wet and windy conditions are expected to hit the south coast of Ireland as the remnants of Storm Sebastien approach while a tidal surge is also forecast.

A period of very high astronomical Spring Tides is expected to result in what the Council describes as “a significant risk of tidal flooding in the City.”

It is likely that flooding will take place in the usual areas of Cork city that experience such issues, including: Morrison’s Quay, Fr. Mathew Quay, Fr. Mathew Street, Union Quay, Trinity Bridge, South Terrace, Lavitts Quay, Kyrls Street, Kyrls Quay, Crosses Green, Sharman Crawford St and Wandesford Quay.

Meanwhile, other areas where there is a risk of flooding include: Lapps Quay, McSwiney Quay, Albert Quay, Kennedy Quay, Proby’s Quay, French’s Quay, Lancaster Quay, Sullivan’s Quay, South Mall via side streets onto Oliver Plunkett St., St. Patrick Street, Grand Parade, Washington Street and the Lower Glanmire Road.

Some gel bags and sand bags will be provided by the Council in an attempt to minimise the potential damage to businesses of any flooding. These gel bags and sand bags will be available to pick up at the Council Depot or Tramore Valley Park up until 6pm on both Monday and Tuesday.

The period of unusually high astronomical Spring Tides is expected between Tuesday and Wednesday.