Motorists in Cork warned of flash flooding

Calls for action after extensive damage from recent flooding in Midleton, Ballinacurra

Rain caused flash floods around the country this week, with businesses in areas of Cork suffering damage.

Rain caused flash floods around the country this week, with businesses in areas of Cork suffering damage.

Sun, Jul 28, 2013, 13:41

Motorists in Cork are urged to exercise caution after reports of flash flooding in the city.

Motorists are asked to drive slowly this morning following flash flooding in the Lower Glanmire Road, Penrose Wharf, Dublin Street, Carrigrohane Straight, North Road, Angler’s Rest, Sunvalley Drive and Boyce’s Street. Conditions are also poor at Horgan’s Quay and Eglington Street. Conditions are expected to improve as lunchtime approaches following a decrease in rainfall.

Meanwhile, calls for acti on have been made following recent flooding in Midleton and Ballinacurra in Co Cork which caused extensive damage to businesses and private property.

Cork East Fine Gael TD David Stanton said that if current infrastructure is not adequate to cope with such heavy rainfall then it needs to be upgraded.

“It is not fair that businesses and households endure damage and hardship. I have been in contact with Cork County Council and with the Office of Public Works and have been informed that an investigation is to be carried out and a report on the flooding compiled. I want this report to be published, and, if needed, for action to be taken to ensure that this type of incident does not occur again.”

Shop owners at the eastern end of the Main Street in the town were worst hit by Friday morning’s flooding whilst a number of houses in nearby Ballinacurra village were also badly impacted.