Fianna Fáil TD for Cork South Central, Micheál Martin, has advised homeowners and businesses to be on alert after flood warnings over the next four days were issued for Cork.

Deputy Martin said: “I would urge all home and business owners in Cork to take the necessary preventative measures to guard against flooding over the next few days. With up to 25mm of rain predicted tonight it is important people remain vigilant in protecting their properties.

“I welcome the fact that Cork City and County Councils have issued early warnings, which will give people ample time to prepare for possible flooding. There is a particular danger of flooding in the city centre so businesses should be on high alert.

“Since the horrendous floods in November 2009, Cork has been affected on numerous occasions. Despite some short term measures been taken, it is now time for a long-term plan. While the floods in 2009 were described as a once in a hundred year occurrence, the regularity of the flooding since cannot be taken in isolation.

“A long-term strategy needs to be established with the necessary preventative measures put in place. We have seen the success of the Flood Relief Scheme in Mallow, which has protected the town from the worst of the weather conditions, something similar for the city should be considered.”