Anger in Cork as rain and high tides combine to cause floods
High tides and heavy rainfall mean coastal areas remain on flood alert this week.
The clean-up in Cork today. Pic: Larry Cummins
Updated at 12.50pm
Someone putting their plastic bags to good use in Cork this morning. Pic: Larry Cummins
Businesses in Cork city are hitting out at the local council for not doing more to prevent this morning's flooding.
Dozens of shops were inundated with several feet of water, following high tide.
We can't get over The Quay flooded! pic.twitter.com/L8RMMDJEUd— WLR FM (@wlrfmwaterford) February 3, 2014
Met Eireann has issued an Orange weather warning until later this afternoon, but more rain and gale force winds are forecast over the coming days.
Other coastal counties have also been hit with flooding today and many roads remain impassable this afternoon in Wexford, Waterford, Galway and Wicklow.
WEXFORD: On the N25 Waterford/Wexford Rd, the New Ross Bridge remains impassable & the quays too. Diversions in place. Delays in the area.— AA Roadwatch (@aaroadwatch) February 3, 2014
John Minihan, owner of Minihan's Pharmacy in Cork city is critical of the council's response to the adverse weather.
Updated at 11.10am
Storm Today. Roof came off building in Freshford, Kilkenny. Road now reopened. Several trees down, care still needed pic.twitter.com/DIdwjrYNZ9— An Garda Síochána (@GardaTraffic) February 3, 2014
Parts of Cork city were submerged in several feet of water this morning, but the floods are now beginning to recede.
Update: train services are resuming between Cork and Cobh/Midleton as flooding has receded— Iarnród Éireann (@IrishRail) February 3, 2014
Flooding in Cork this morning. Pic: Larry Cummins
Homeowners and businesses in Cork are now starting to count the cost of the flood damage.
Finbarr Cotter, who owns Newbridge Silverware on Oliver Plunkett Street, says he is angry that the local council isn't taking action.
Irish Rail: Due to flooding at Waterford Station, bus transfers in operation. More info here: http://t.co/nqdTLmlPQj— AA Roadwatch (@aaroadwatch) February 3, 2014
Updated at 10am
High tides and heavy rain have left many parts of the country flooded this morning.
H/T: The DailyEdge.ie.
Hundreds of homes and businesses have been affected in Cork, Waterford and Wexford.
There's also flooding in Salthill in Galway and in parts of Clare and Kerry.
Some of the flooding on Cook St in Cork this morning.
Hundreds of homes and businesses have been flooded this morning as high tides and heavy rain batter the country for the second time in less than two days.
The scene on Oliver Plunkett St in Cork this morning.
Met Eireann has issued an Orange Status weather warning for the south and east of the country - with gusts of up to 100 kilometres per hour also forecast.
Cork city has been worst affected with flood waters reaching up to five inches.
Updated at 9.20am
Cork City: South Mall, Wandesford Quay, Father Matthew Quay, Morrison’s Island, Henry St, Lavitts Quay & Cornmarket St now passable. 2/2— AA Roadwatch (@aaroadwatch) February 3, 2014
Cork City: Flooding receding but South Terrace & Oliver St are still impassable. Patrick St flooded but passable http://t.co/nqdTLmlPQj 1/2— AA Roadwatch (@aaroadwatch) February 3, 2014
Trains suspended Cork to Cobh / Midleton due to flooding. Bus transfers for Midleton, no Cobh bus transfers as road flooded. (2/2)— Iarnród Éireann (@IrishRail) February 3, 2014
Updated at 8.30am
A car makes its way through the flood on South Terrace in Cork city. Pic via Twitter.
Newstalk reporter Jonathan Healy is at Lavitts Quay in Cork city and he describes the impact of this morning's flooding so far.
Met Eireann is warning there is no end in sight to the stormy conditions that left hundreds of homes and businesses under water over the weekend.
The flooding around the College of Commerce in Cork city. Pic via Twitter.
CORK: Reports of flooding on the N25 Cork/Waterford Rd between Cork City & Midleton. Watch out for wind blown debris around Midleton.— AA Roadwatch (@aaroadwatch) February 3, 2014
The west and south-west were the worst affected, just weeks after storm 'Christine' touched down.
A clean-up operation is underway, but efforts may be hampered by strong winds over the next few days which could reach up to 100 kilometres per hour.
Forecaster John Eagleton says flooding is highly likely as the country is at saturation point.
The Minister of State at the Office of Public Works Brian Hayes will visit Limerick this morning, an area which has experienced unprecendented flooding in recent days.
On Saturday, elderly residents in various parts of the city had to be evacuated from their homes by boat after the river Shannon burst its banks and several feet of water swamped homes.
Donal O'Rourke from Kings Island in Limerick City says his home was completely destroyed in the floods.
He recalls the speed at which the flood waters entered the house.
Today's storm is also likely to hamper clean-up operations in Galway and Clare - which also experienced severe flooding over the weekend.
Bus transfers remain in place between Limerick and Ennis due to flooding on line— Iarnród Éireann (@IrishRail) February 3, 2014
The weather is also causing disruption to some travel services.
Irish Rail says bus transfers are in place between Limerick and Ennis due to flooding on the line.
All Passage East Car Ferry sailings between Passage East and Ballyhack have been cancelled until further notice.
Air passengers are also being advised to check with their airline's website before travelling to the airport today, as there may be some flight delays.