Flooding in Co Cork causes damage to roads and property

Overnight downpours caused damage to homes and property in Dunmanway, Co Cork. Photo: Declan Hurley/Twitter

Motorists in Cork are being advised to drive with caution following floods at Rosscarbery, Clonakilty, Bantry and Dunmanway.

The county council said its roads department and Fire Service staff have been working through the night to put sandbags in place and divert flood waters away from the N71 and surrounding properties.

The road will remain closed at Rosscarbery until later today, with traffic diversions in place.

The heavy rain has caused additional damage to the Rosscarbery to Glandore road, the R597 at Roury bridge.

Other roads around the Clonakilty, Dunmanway, Bantry and Sheep's Head areas have also been affected.

In a statement, the council said that although flood waters may have gone in some areas, road edges could have been washed away or been undermined, so extreme care is necessary.

Meanwhile, Met Éireann has issued two status yellow rain and thunder warnings for parts of the south and west.

A rainfall warning is in place for counties Wexford, Cork and Waterford until 6am on Sunday. A thunder warning lasting until 9pm on Saturday covers Munster and counties Carlow, Kilkenny, Laois, Wexford, Offaly, Galway, Mayo and Roscommon.