December 4th, 2016

Gallery: Defence Forces release shock pictures and footage of flooding

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Defence Forces personnel and assets have been deployed in Counties Clare, Galway, Limerick and Westmeath throughout today.

Pictures taken by the Air Corps and Army show the extent of flooding throughout Ireland following last weekend's storm. 

Athlone floods

Watch Air Corps footage of large swathes of land around Athlone submerged following floods

Posted by RTÉ News on Tuesday, 8 December 2015

The National Emergency Co-Ordination Centre says that over the next 36 hours the area from Limerick to Athlone may see even higher flood waters.

There is currently a Status Yellow weather warning in effect for all counties. 

Flood warnings remain in place as continuing rainfall also swells streams, rivers and reservoirs across the west and south-west. Weather warnings were issued for the West as 20-35mm of additional rainfall was expected in Connacht, Donegal, Clare and Kerry today. Gusts of up to 100km/h are forecast nationwide.

The National Emergency Coordination Centre have said there is a 'high risk' of flooding from Limerick City to Athlone.

More than 2,000 sandbags have been distributed by Limerick City and County Council to areas at most risk in the Shannon catchment including: Castleconnel, Montpelier and the Mountshannon Road in Lisnagry. The Shannon flood risk is the worst in 20 years.

Water levels on the Shanon are still rising and the weekend sees a spring tide. Add in additional rainfall forecast over the next few days and it adds up to a bleak few days for those in effected areas.

The Government has also agreed to create a €5million fund to help those affected by the floods.

The Cabinet also committed an extra €2m to provide more staff to Met Eireann and the OPW to help prepare better for weather events like Storm Desmond.