Clean-up operation in Cork after fresh flooding

//Clean-up operation in Cork after fresh flooding

Clean-up operation in Cork after fresh flooding

Wednesday 05 February 2014 07.43

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A woman bails out water from a shop as flood water rises in Cork city A woman bails out water from a shop as flood water rises in Cork city A car is abandoned in flood water in Cork as much of the city centre flooded last night A car is abandoned in flood water in Cork as much of the city centre flooded last night

Homes and businesses in Cork city were flooded again last night after the River Lee overflowed its banks.

There was further flooding in Cork county areas including Bandon, Clonakilty, Cobh and Youghal.

Traders and home owners in Cork city and county say more has to be done in the short term to ease the fears, which the floods bring on an all too frequent basis.

Cork Lord Mayor Catherine Clancy said a lot of damage had been caused but the city council issued 1,800 gel bags yesterday to prevent water getting into premises.

However, she said some properties hit last night were still in the process of drying out from flooding on Monday.

Gardaí in the midlands reported incidents of local flooding in many areas after heavy rain and winds battered the region yesterday evening.

Winds abated slightly as high tides arrived, allowing many areas to escape the worst of another night of gale force winds, heavy rain and high tides.

Coastal communities in the south and east, and those living near swollen rivers, will this morning assess the damage caused by severe storms.

Flooding was also reported in Kilkenny, Waterford and Arklow.

Around 8,500 households are without power, mainly in the south ad southeast of the country.

The areas worst affected include Fermoy, Passage East, Clonmel, Ballyhale, Roscarbery, New Ross and north Leitrim.

ESB Networks say crews are working to restore power.

AA Roadwatch says roads are wet throughout the country with a lot of excess surface water in parts. There is also a lot of debris and fallen trees on the roads. 

Meanwhile, Met Éireann is forecasting further gales for much of Ireland, with strong to gale force easterly winds this morning over Leinster, Ulster and Connacht and gusts of up to 90km/h likely.

There will be strong to gale force westerly winds later this morning and this afternoon over Munster where winds will reach mean speeds of 45 to 60km/h.

A rainfall warning for east Munster and most of mid and south Leinster remains in force.

A motorists had a lucky escape in Dublin after a tree fell on his car.

Dublin Fire Brigade and emergency services attended the scene at Garristown yesterday evening.

The man had to be cut from the car but was not injured.

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