Cork County Council’s Severe Weather Assessment Team convened again this morning to assess the impact of significant amounts of rainfall over the past 2 days. Rain gauges in the catchment upstream of Mallow recorded almost 100mm or 4 inches of rain in the last 24 hours. While levels appear to be receding, the Council remains on alert.
Flood barriers were fully erected in Fermoy and Mallow overnight. In Mallow, the River Blackwater peaked at approximately 10.00pm reaching approximately 15cm below its highest recorded level during the December 2015 flooding. Bridge Street in Mallow has reopened while Park Road remains closed.
Fermoy river levels peaked at approximately 5.00am and were approximately 22cm below their highest recorded level of 4.48m in December 2015. Bridge Street in Fermoy is currently closed and will reopen as soon as river levels recede further. While there were no incidents in Mallow, 3 properties were impacted in Fermoy.
Locations across Cork County including Bandon, Clonakilty, and Skibbereen were successfully defended over the last 24 hours. Council crews were on standby throughout and had set up equipment in numerous other known problems locations such as Bantry and Rosscarbery. In Dunmanway the use of up to 6 pumps and tractors with pumping equipment prevented properties from the impact of flood waters.
While several roads have reopened, localised flooding and fallen trees continue to impact on some roads. Details of road closures can be found by visiting https://mapalerts.corkcoco.ie/en/gismap
Cork County Council continues to ask motorists to exercise extreme caution as driving conditions may be hazardous with surface flooding possible or fallen trees and branches. Motorists are advised to avoid driving through flowing or standing water and to exercise caution during heavy rain. Please be conscious of cyclists and pedestrians
Issues such as fallen trees, flooding and road damage should be reported to the relevant local area office during working hours. Contact details for the Council’s Area Offices are available at www.corkcoco.ie or by contacting Cork County Council Headquarters on (021) 4276891.
Cork County Council will continue to monitor this situation and convene regularly.
Updates are available on www.corkcoco.ie and on the Council’s social media channels @Corkcoco.