Update: Morrisons Island, Union Quay, Father Mathew Quay and Wandesford Quay will be closed from 7pm tonight due to forecasted high Spring tides in the early hours of tomorrow.

  • From Tuesday morning until Wednesday evening, prior to and after these tides, there is a significant risk of flooding in the city.
  • Cork City Council crews will be in place overnight and these road closures will be reviewed in the early hours of the morning.
  • High tide times of note are Tuesday at 4:50am AND at 5.13pm and Wednesday at 05.34 am.


Cork City Council are advising that there will be a period of very high astronomical Spring Tides from Tuesday 26th November until Wednesday 27th November.

A tidal surge and periodic strong southerly/south-easterly winds are also predicted over the next few days. 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:

Day Date Morning Evening

From Tuesday morning until Wednesday evening, prior to and after these tides, there is a significant risk of tidal flooding in the City.

Householders and Businesses should take Precautionary Measures to protect property.

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

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

There is also a risk of flooding along:

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

The situation will continue to be monitored and further advice will be issued. Cork City Council have a limited stock of gel-bags and sand-bags available.

Location What
Council Depot, Anglesea TerraceGel Bags
Tramore Valley Park, just beyond Civil Amenity SiteGel Bags & Sand Bags

These will be available for collection at the following times: 

Day Date From Until
Monday 25/11/201912:0018.00

As availability is limited, Cork City Council reserve the right 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 put in place. These will be introduced prior to flood events in order to reduce any negative impact of traffic movements through standing water.  Any restrictions will be eased as appropriate.

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