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Cork City Council – End of Civic Emergency (12 noon, Friday 4/12/09)

As the supply of mains water to the city and its environs has returned to normal, City Manager Joe Gavin has formally declared an end to the Civic Emergency caused by the recent unprecedented flooding in the city.

Minor repairs and adjustments to the Water Network will continue over the coming days but disruptions to supply will be kept at an absolute minimum.

Cork City Council wishes once again to thank the people of Cork for their patience, forbearance and co-operation in overcoming the inconvenience caused by the Emergency.

The City Manager has formally thanked everyone for their wholehearted assistance and co-operation in dealing with the effects of the water shortage, in particular:


(a)  The staff of Cork City Council from all its diverse sections – over 320 of whom were directly deployed in   emergency relief duties and Cork City Civil Defence volunteers;

(b) The Defence Forces (both Army and Naval Service) who provided invaluable direct support;

(c)  An Garda Síochána who readily responded to every request for assistance and support;

(d) The active co-operation of Cork County Council in augmenting water supplies to the city during the Emergency

(e) The HSE for their advice and assistance and whose own emergency response helped ensure that the Civic Emergency was dealt with efficiently;

(f) A multitude of voluntary and charity organizations as well as individual citizens across the city who readily and willingly responded to the needs of their communities and particularly those vulnerable citizens who needed individual support in the difficult circumstances in which they found themselves.

(g) A broad range of businesses both from Cork and beyond who made much needed resources available to the Emergency effort in terms of goods and services.

(h) The Lord Mayor and members of Council who provided invaluable support to the community through the period.

The community spirit and common effort demonstrated by all the people in a time of extreme hardship was central to the response.

The City Council greatly appreciates the visits and offers of personal support from An Taoiseach Brian Cowen TD and Ministers Gormley and Martin.

The City Council also acknowledges the huge number of messages and expressions of support that were received, including messages from Her Excellency President Mary McAleese, Bishop Buckley, Bishop Colton, many private individuals and from Irish communities abroad. 

Cork City Council acknowledges the important role played by local and national media in the regular and timely manner in which they kept the public informed through the Emergency.   

Cork City Council’s FREEFONE number has been suspended and any water queries may be directed again to the following Water Services Section telephone numbers:

021 4924178

021 4924679

021 4924228

021 4924255

021 4924145

021 4924514




Valerie O’Sullivan,

Director of Emergency Services,

Cork City Council,

City Hall,













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