Cork braced for further flooding

Published Wednesday, 05 February 2014
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Cork is bracing itself for further problems after high tides, strong winds and rain caused flooding through the southern city.

Cork braced for further flooding
One family battles the waters which flooded the city. (© PA)

The River Lee burst its banks and caused devastation in the city centre on Tuesday night.

Flood waters swamped through the main streets, breaching flood defences and causing damage estimated to cost in the millions of Euros.

Many of those properties affected were in the process of drying out from flooding the previous day and residents and business owners are bracing themselves for further high tides through the rest of the week.

Home owners and traders in the city said the flooding was the worst they had ever experienced and called on the council to take action.

Flooding also hit large parts of the Republic for a second day with forecasters warning of more high winds and heavy rain.

Cork, Waterford, New Ross and parts of county Galway, Clare and Kerry were among the areas worst hit as Met Eireann said conditions show no signs of easing through the week.

An orange alert is in place until winds ease back, but the risk of repeated flooding later in the week will be determined by the size of high tides and wind direction, forecasters have said.

Also thousands of households were left without power because of the stormy conditions.

Engineers worked through the night to restore power to those affected. It's thought that at one point around 20,000 homes were without power.

AA Roadwatch has advised of hazardous driving conditions with many roads covered in debris and fallen trees.

Meanwhile in southern parts of England nine severe warnings for flooding remain in place.

Large regions have been battling flooding for the past week which has caused devastation for many people.

© UTV News
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