For Tuesday of this week, warnings were issued that the evening high tide would bring more misery and flooding to the residents and businesses of Cork City. That night the wind howled, the rain lashed down and the mighty River Lee invaded the City Centre once more in the hours of darkness.
So in I went on the Wednesday morning, the rain almost concluded and the next high tide approaching. While premises were cleared of the water and the mop up began, I took a few images the morning of the flood ‘hangover’. So benign was the Lee at this hour, it was difficult to imagine its muddied waters pouring through the City Streets in the night just gone.
Of course the signs were there as doorways continued to be protected by sandbags.
No doubt the arguments will rage on about global warning, but it seems to me that ‘extreme’ weather conditions are becoming the norm. I also cannot help but reflect that the damage done here is nothing compared to that suffered by other parts of the world, the Philippines and Haiti spring to mind. It is though still devastating for those caught up in it all.