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Stormy weather rumbles on

Wednesday, 3rd January, 2018 5:57pm

Further weather alerts and flood warnings were issued yesterday as the clean-up from Storm Eleanor continued in Cork and around the country.

Winds of over 100 km/h hit Leeside on Tuesday and early on Wednesday, causing some damage, road blockages and power outages in Cork city and county. The ESB reported over 3,000 customers losing power, mainly in West Cork, with another 2,000 losing supply due to lightning.

Other areas of the country such as Galway and Limerick saw similar conditions, with flooding and power outages occurring in many areas further north.

Cork County Council reported responding to a range of incidents including fallen trees, road debris and flooding. Bantry, Mallow, Clonakilty, Inchydoney, Timoleague, Courtmacsherry and Kinsale were among the affected areas.

Some flooding was reported in the city in the areas of Morrison’s Quay, Fr Matthew Quay, Union Quay and Wandesford Quay. Cork City Council released a statement saying no damage occurred as a result. 
As of going to print yesterday, the City Council had advised of a “risk of localised flooding on Morrison’s Island, Union Quay, Wandesford Quay and Crosses Green between 5.30-7pm yesterday evening and between 6-8am this morning due to high tides and potentially high winds”.
Fine Gael East Cork Cllr Susan McCarthy said that while some damage occurred in Midleton on Tuesday and early on Wednesday, it had been expected and was not as bad as that which affected the area during Storm Frank two years ago.
“There was road flooding down in the Bailick area, but there were extra flood barriers put down and no properties or residents were affected to my knowledge,” Cllr McCarthy said. 
There was, she said, some damage to lights on Midleton’s Main Street, which would be costly to reinstall, but she was not aware of any businesses affected. Cllr McCarthy said the East Ferry area had been affected, with some low-lying residents forced to use flood barriers. 
Yesterday evening approximately 130 homes in West Cork - divided between Dunmanway, Ballyvourney and Glengarriff - remained without power supply, according to a statement issued by ESB Networks yesterday.
Bantry-based Independent Cllr Danny Collins said that the damage in Bantry as a result of the storm was minimal apart from fallen trees and the forced closure of some low-lying businesses.
“There were many fallen trees in some areas, including outside Dunmanway, but these were largely cleared quickly,” Cllr Collins said. 
“The emergency services, including the County Council and the fire brigade services, responded very quickly to clear trees, drains etc, and must be commended for that.”
Fianna Fáil Cllr Christopher O’Sullivan said that he was unaware of any significant damage in Clonakility, where he is based.
“There was some very minor flooding on the Ring Road, and that was it really,” he said. “There were a few trees down here and there, but I haven’t been contacted by any businesses or residents.”
Residents were being advised yesterday to take precautions and to keep a close eye on weather updates and advice.


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