Heavy rain brings floods and leaves a trail of destruction in Cork.

Hundreds of people have been forced to evacuate their homes due to rising floodwaters. The ESB say that without the protection provided by the Innniscarra Dam, the flooding would have been a lot worse. 

Flooding was especially bad on the western side of the city and on all approaches into the city centre where houses, shops and businesses were badly affected.

One resident describes how the floodwaters reached their front door handle and destroyed the downstairs of her house.

All lectures at University College Cork (UCC) have been cancelled for the rest of the week due to flooding in several buildings including the Glucksman Gallery. Cork County Council staff had to abandon their headquarters and move to temporary accommodation.

The defence forces stepped in to transport medical staff and visitors to and from the Mercy University Hospital.  

Throughout Cork, there has been widespread damage to property and roads with the towns of Bandon and Fermoy still under water. Recent flood management work in Mallow appears to have staved off the worst of the flooding. 

Boil water notices have been issued to thousands of households.

An RTÉ News report broadcast on 20 November 2009. The reporter is Jennie O'Sullivan