3 Janaury 2016, 10.30am
By Bryan T. Smyth
The Cork City Flood Assessment Team met again this morning to review the ongoing situation with regard to continuing poor weather and flood risk.
The latest weather system brought further substantial rainfall to the region overnight. No serious flooding occurred in the City.
A Met Éireann Rainfall Warning remains in place for the region until 23.59 today.
The ESB has advised that they will continue to discharge waters from Inniscarra Dam at rates of up to 250 cumecs. This discharge level will be kept under continuous review in consultation with all agencies.
Carrigrohane Road and Lee Road will remain closed today. Traffic diversions are in place.
The City Council is advising property owners that there will be continuing difficulties in accessing their properties.
With further rain forecast the City Council is advising that there will be an ongoing need to maintain high levels of preparedness for flooding in the Carrigrohane Road and Lee Road areas. The Council is continuing to urge property owners in the area to remain in a state of readiness in the event of having to take measures to prevent damage to property.
The City Council is advising the public that there is a continuing risk that some roads may continue to suffer from localised flooding. The City Fire Service is continuing to warn motorists about the dangers of driving through floods and standing waters (again over the past 24 hours, City Fire crews rescued a number of motorists who were trapped in their vehicles in flood waters) – refer to www.flooding.ie
The Cork Flood Assessment Team will keep matters under review over the coming days. The City Council is continuing to liaise closely with the ESB as well as An Garda Síochána, Cork County Council, Met Éireann and the Emergency Services.