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Widespread surface flooding in Cork city amid council warning

High tide has passed in Cork city with widespread surface flooding as expected along low-lying quays and some adjacent streets in the city centre.

There are no reports as of yet of businesses, premises or homes being affected by the tidal floodwater.

Cork City Council said high tide peaked at 2.55 metres, causing flooding on Wandesford Quay, Frenche's Quay, Lavitt's Quay, South Terrace, Rutland Street, the southern end of the South Mall, Morrison's Quay, Union Quay, Fr Mathew Quay, Trinity Bridge, the Lower Glanmire Road, and Horgan's Quay.

Traffic was down to one lane along Lavitt's Quay and South Terrace, and while diversions and road closures were in place along some of the quays, traffic was slow but moving this evening.

The council said much of the floodwater would have abated by 6.30pm.

Just before 4pm, the River Lee began to overspill its banks on some of the low-lying quays in the city centre.

Roadblocks and diversions were put in place by Cork City Council with traffic reported in the city centre.

Motorists were asked, if at all possible, to avoid travelling in and around this time.

The City Council also asked businesses, and property and homeowners in the affected areas to take measures to protect their premises.

A limited supply of sandbags were available to the public earlier today at the Tramore Valley Park.

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