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Cork City Council wish to advise that there will be a period of very high astronomical Spring Tides from this evening.

A tidal surge and strong south-easterly winds are also forecast 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:

DayDateMorning High TideEvening High Tide

 There is now a significant risk of tidal flooding in the City at these times.

Householders and Businesses should take Precautionary Measures to protect property:

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

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

There is also now a risk of flooding in the following locations:

  • Lapps Quay
  • McSwiney 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.


The situation will continue to be monitored and further advice will be issued.  The City Council’s flood response plan has been activated including full Inter-Agency coordination.  We will be posting regular updates to our Twitter (@corkcitycouncil) account as well as the City Council’s website (

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

Location What
Council Depot, Anglesea TerraceGel Bags
Tramore Valley Park (Civic Amenity Site), South Link RdGel Bags / Sand Bags

These will be available for collection at the following times:

Day Date From Until

As availability is limited, Cork City Council may have to ration or refuse issue of bags and all requests may not be fulfilled.

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 between 18:00hrs this evening, Monday 19 October 2020 and 10:00hrs tomorrow, Tuesday 20 October 2020.

Contacting Cork City Council:

The City Council’s Customer Service Unit (CSU) has extended its opening hours this evening until 21:30hrs and will be operating from 07:30hrs tomorrow, to allow members of 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 tidal event.  We have resources on standby 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 arise.

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