In the aftermath of Storm Frank, many homes are still inaccessible and restrictions are in place for certain low lying areas
Thousands of homes are also still without electricity after Storm Frank passed through northern England, Scotland and Ireland, bringing high winds and causing rivers to burst their banks.
The final months of 2015 saw northern England suffer their worst bouts of flooding in decades, with areas of Cumbria, Lancashire, Greater Manchester and Yorkshire under several feet of water.
Cork County Council staff along with Civil Defence and members from the Cork County Fire Service had worked through the night to try and limit flooding but the heavy rains brought by Storm Frank made it a losing battle.
“Locally, the worst hit area is Fairford where winds have already reached 56mph and that’s due to it being more exposed because of the air base”.
There were also many disruptions to ferry crossings and rail services over the Christmas period due to stormy conditions at sea and on land.
In the UK the heavy rain and flooding are estimated to have caused a loss to the economy of £5.8bn, the company said on Tuesday 4th January 2016.
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