The most significant destruction seems to be this section of quay wall by the Mercy Hospital at Grenville Place.
(more photos here: http://www.flickr.com/groups/1244123@N25/pool/ )
From http://www.corkcity.ie/news/mainbody,22217,en.html :
Collapse of quay wall at Grenville Place, Cork
During heavy flooding that occurred in Cork overnight a portion of the riverside wall at Grenville Place collapsed into the River Lee in the early hours of Friday morning (20/11/09).
The collapse of this section of wall in turn caused damage to the adjoining roadway. The stability of this roadway was closely monitored by the City Council throughout the day on Friday, however given the ongoing high water levels a full engineering assessment was not possible.
As a precautionary measure, and in the interest of safety, the City Council decided to evacuate the occupants of three adjoining properties on Grenville Place. These properties each comprise of a number of flats â€“ a total of 43 people have been moved to temporary accommodation. City Council staff worked closely with the residents in their move and will continue to provide support throughout the weekend.
When conditions allow, a detailed engineering survey is to be undertaken and in the meantime interim stabilisation works are being undertaken by the City Council.
If I recall correctly, some developer proposed to build a multi-storey car park just across the river from this location a few years ago.
Now, I was just thinking that if major structural works are required to repair this stretch of road and wall to its original condition, should the city council go further and try to improve it rather than just reinstate the wall? I know there isn't going to be any spare funding for capital works in the 'current climate', but if the repair work is going to be a massive job anyway, why not try and turn it into an opportunity for enhancing the area?
Instead of the bland stone wall I'd love to see a decent, wide footpath with a barrier that doesn't block the view of the river (which actually looks pretty nice at this location, at high tide at least). A timber boardwalk like the new one on Grand Parade would be ideal but I wouldn't get my hopes up.
If the structural damage to the road is severe and requires major reinforcement and reconstruction, is there scope to widen the road while they're at it?