Cork breathes sigh of relief as high tide passes
The River Lee's high tide has now passed, with Cork city centre avoiding serious flooding.
Cork Update No traffic restrictions thankfully, the whole city reopened. Minimal flooding— An Garda Síochána (@GardaTraffic) February 14, 2014
After almost unprecedented flooding on February 4, there were fears that businesses in the city would be hit with similar floods.
The river did burst its banks in places, including traditional flooding problem areas such as Fr Mathew Quay, Wandesford Quay, Sharman Crawford St and Lancaster Quay.
Cork Lancaster Quay, Cork City. Minor flooding, still passable at 17.20 p.m. pic.twitter.com/HKFU0P4OfX— An Garda Síochána (@GardaTraffic) February 14, 2014
However, busy shopping streets such as Patrick's Street and Oliver Plunkett St remained unaffected.
Oliver Plunkett St, Cork. Nobody doing the breast stroke here today!!! Thankfully pic.twitter.com/MksZDykJq0— An Garda Síochána (@GardaTraffic) February 14, 2014
Thankfully it seems that Cork has escaped bad flooding. Cork is open for business! Support cork business! #corkfloods— Cllr NicholasOKeeffe (@NicholasOKeeffe) February 14, 2014
Past high tide, flooding is minor so far. Sorry pics not great, on a motor bike, not too easy getting the phone out pic.twitter.com/fNqVJiuz0Q— An Garda Síochána (@GardaTraffic) February 14, 2014
However, two nationwide Met Éireann weather warnings remain in place, and the public has been warned that an Atlantic storm passing over Ireland could cause flooding in some areas later this evening.