Storm Betty Causes Flooding and Disruption in Cork City
Residents of Cork City are facing severe flooding as Storm Betty continues to wreak havoc. Irish Rail has announced the suspension of all services between Cork, Cobh, and Midleton due to the flooding. Videos shared on social media show cars navigating through ankle-deep water in the city. Met Éireann has issued a warning of up to 60mm of rain expected to fall in the south and southeast by the end of the day. Cork City Council has also issued warnings for several quays that have already flooded in anticipation of high tide at 7:50 pm. Authorities are on standby to handle any emergencies that may arise.
Storm Betty has caused chaos throughout Cork County, leading to multiple accidents. Emergency services were called to the scene of a crash on the N27 near the Airport Roundabout. Drivers in the area have been advised to exercise caution, as delays may occur for those heading to Cork Airport. Another collision occurred on the N22 near Crookstown, but no information regarding injuries is available at this time. Traffic on the N40 between the Kinsale Road Roundabout and the Jack Lynch Tunnel came to a standstill, causing significant delays for commuters. However, traffic has since returned to normal in that area.
In addition to the traffic disruptions, several events have been canceled due to the adverse weather conditions. Greyhound races in Curaheen have been postponed, and the Senior Football Championship match between St Finbarr’s and St Michael’s has been rescheduled. The match between Cork City FC and Waterford at Turner’s Cross has also been postponed. Fans who purchased tickets for the match have been assured that their tickets will be valid for the rescheduled fixture, and further information can be obtained from the point of sale.
Meanwhile, Clashduv Park has experienced severe flooding, with the river bursting its banks. Residents in the area have been seen wading through floodwater near their homes. The situation is being closely monitored, and updates can be found on our live blog.
As Storm Betty continues to impact Cork City, it is crucial for residents to exercise caution and follow the advice of local authorities. Stay tuned for further updates on the situation as it develops.