“With two flood events in less than four days resulting in over 230mm of rainfall, it has been extremely challenging for the communities that have been impacted by the recent flooding in West Cork.

Following this exceptionally high localised rainfall over a short number of days, Cork County Council crews have worked relentlessly to assist and protect local residents and business, while carrying out emergency repair works for the safety of all road users.

Over the course of the weekend, the Council’s Fire Service & Roads crews attended flooding events at twelve locations across West Cork, placing and issuing over 2,500 sand bags. As part of the substantial cleanup operation, the Council’s Roads Department have been actively repairing affected roads to ensure they are passable, while clearing gullies and debris to protect against damage in the event of further adverse weather conditions. Cork County Council continues to monitor the situation closely, as unseasonably wet and windy weather is forecast over the coming days.

With seven key roads in the area severely impacted, we are now assessing the significant impact of these flood events, to allow us to chart a clear and accurate plan for remediation. West Cork is a vital part of our economy in Cork County, a vibrant and popular destination for tourists and a wonderful place to live and to work. Cork County Council is committed to ensuring that every possible support is made available to ensure a swift recovery for the region.

Cork County Council appreciates the support given by both the OPW and TII to assist us in repairing the damage and in taking actions to alleviate the possibility of future flood events in the area”

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