19 October 2017, Thursday, 11.20am
By Bryan Smyth
Excaution caution, and to travel with care
Heavy rainfall with accumulations of 30-50 mm are forecast across Munster from 10am until midnight today.
Cork City Council has issued a pre-cautionary warning to the public.
There are large accumulations of fallen leaves at many locations around the city following Hurricane Ophelia, creating the potential for spot flooding. Motorists are asked to drive with care and to remain vigilant as regards the potential for spot flooding.
Also, as wind speeds increase the public is being warned that many trees remain damaged and unstable following the hurricane. People should travel with care.
Meanwhile, across town, Cork County Council have issued an update about their functional area
There is potential for mean wind speeds of 50 to 60km/h and gusts of 90 to 110km/h, especially in coastal counties.
Due to additional fallen trees, debris and ongoing ESB works, Cork County Council can confirm that 3 regional roads are currently impassable:-
R579 Midleton to Dungourney,
R597 Glandore (in village – local diversions available)
Council crews are working on the R602 Bandon which is passable but delays may occur.
Works are continuing throughout local roads with numbers of closed roads reducing, however some require the ESB to initially deal with cables and may not reopen for a few days.
Irish Water, in consultation with Cork County Council, have deployed tankers and static tanks to a number of locations throughout the county which continue to be affected by supply interruptions. The situation is changing continually as power is returning. Full up to date details of tanker locations can be found on www.water.ie.
Customers without water should contact Irish Water on 1850278278 or consult their website for the most up to date information.
Communication with some Council offices remains affected. Should members of the public have difficulty contacting any council office, please contact our incident line on 021 4800048.
Cork County Council would again ask road users to exercise caution. Remaining debris, surface water due to current weather conditions together with overhanging tree limbs could pose a hazard.