Cork City Council wish to advise that there is a significant risk of tidal flooding from 7:30pm tonight when there will be a period of very high astronomical Spring Tides.

A tidal surge and periodic strong southerly/south-easterly winds are also to occur at this time. These factors combined will result in tide levels higher than the natural tide levels.

The natural cycle of High Tides for the following days is predicted for:

Householders and Businesses should take Precautionary Measures to protect property:

It is highly likely that flooding will occur at low lying areas of the City Centre in particular on:

  • Morrison’s Quay
  • Mathew Quay
  • Mathew Street
  • Union Quay
  • Trinity Bridge
  • South Terrace
  • Lavitts Quay
  • Kyrls Street
  • Kyrls Quay
  • Crosses Green
  • Sharman Crawford St
  • Wandesford Quay.

There is also a risk of flooding at:

  • Lapps Quay
  • MacSwiney Quay
  • Albert Quay
  • Kennedy Quay
  • Proby’s Quay
  • French’s Quay
  • Lancaster Quay
  • Sullivan’s Quay
  • South Mall and via side streets onto Oliver Plunkett St., and thence to Patrick Street, Grand Parade, Washington Street, and Lower Glanmire Road.

Cork City Council will continue to monitor the situation and further advice will be issued. Cork City Council’s Flood Response Plan has been activated including full inter-agency co-ordination. We will be posting regular updates to our Twitter (@corkcitycouncil) account as well as to the City Council’s website (

Cork City Council has a limited stock of gel bags and sand-bags available for collection by members of the public and businesses (details below).

As availability is limited, Cork City Council will prioritise those living or operating in locations of greatest need.

Traffic Impact:

A number of road closures and traffic restrictions will be necessary. Diversions will be put in place to ensure traffic can still circulate. These will be introduced from early afternoon in order to reduce any negative impact of traffic movements through standing water. Any restrictions will be eased as appropriate.

Motorists are advised not to park in any of the areas listed above from 6:00pm this evening until after the flood waters have abated, which is expected to be between 8:30pm and 9:00pm.

Contacting Cork City Council:

Cork City Council’s Customer Service Unit (CSU) has extended its opening hours this evening until 9:00pm to allow the public contact us with any issue that may arise due to this flooding event. The CSU can be contacted on 021-4924000.

David Joyce, Director of Operational Services in Cork City Council said: “Cork City Council is well prepared to support the citizens and businesses of Cork during this unusual August tidal event. Our flood response plan has been activated and in conjunction with the other Principal Response Agencies, including the Fire Services, An Garda Siochana and the Civil Defence, we stand ready to respond to whatever issues that may arise this evening”

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