Issued 17.00 on Thursday, 17th December 2015
The South of the country has been enduring persistent rainfall over the past number of weeks. Heavy rainfall in the Lee Catchment has resulted in high water levels at both the Carrigadrohid and Inniscarra dams, which in turn has resulted in diminished storage capacity and margins for safety.
The rainfall over the past week has had the effect of raising levels in the River Lee Reservoirs and decreasing the capacity to respond to intense rainfall events. In light of this and the uncertain forecast for the next week the ESB have now increased the discharge from Inniscarra to 180 cub.m/s.
As a consequence, in addition to the Lee Road area, the City Council is advising that there is a need for increased levels of preparedness for flooding on the Carrigrohane Road and adjacent properties.
Traffic diversions will be in place as required.
Flooding is not anticipated for Cork City Centre .
The City Council is encouraging the public into the City.
The Cork Flood Assessment Team will continue to monitor and review the situation.
The City Council is continuing to liaise closely with the ESB, An Garda Síochána, Met Éireann and the Emergency Services.