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WATCH: Bantry flooded again

October 20th, 2020 9:20 AM

By Jackie Keogh

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‘A disaster,’ is how Diarmaid Murphy, the chairman of Bantry Business Association (BBA) described the second major flood in Bantry this morning.

Flooding at Wolfe Tone Square and part of New Street occurred at 6.30am this morning following incessant rainfall and a tidal surge shortly before high tide at 8am.

Diarmaid estimated that about 25 businesses have been damaged as a result of the flood – almost half the number that were seriously damaged on August 25th last.

The extent of the damage also extends to countless cars that were parked on the square and along the waterfront.

‘This is catastrophic,’ the business association chairman said. ‘It’s obvious now that this is going to be a recurring problem – one that needs to be dealt with immediately.’

And this evening (6pm), the BBA is reminding local business owners that there is a risk of more flooding at high tide tonight.
The BBA issued this statement this evening: 'High tide is just after 8pm. It's smaller than this morning and less rain has fallen but there is still a risk around the square. Cork County Council are continually monitoring the situation. Please take the necessary precautions.'

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