Despite heavy rainfall and flooding, there are water shortages in Cork.

The shortages occurred when drinking water was contaminated and a public health warning was issued as a result of the flooding in Cork.

Gardaí from the Gurranabraher station in Cork are pictured out and about with Marie Finnegan of the local Senior Citizen organisation delivering water to the elderly and sick in the area.

Cork County Council appealed to people to conserve water. Following heavy rainfall the ESB opened dams in Cork city which led to widespread flooding.

An RTÉ News report broadcast on 22 November 2009. The reporter is Jennie O'Sullivan.