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Further rain and flooding expected in aftermath of Storm Desmond

Further rain and flooding expected in aftermath of Storm Desmond

The clean up operation is firmly underway following last weekend’s Storm Desmond which caused widespread flooding and claimed one life.

The body of a man believed to have been swept away by the flood waters in Monaghan has been found, read the full story here.

Limerick, Clare and parts of the Shannon basin are again on high flood alert. The flood threat has been complicated by necessary release of water by the ESB from below Parteen Weir.

Westmeath County Council has triggered its emergency response plan amid fears of flooding in Athlone.

Flooding is now also expected in the environs of Cork city as the ESB confirmed increased discharges from both the Inniscarra and Carrigadrohid reservoirs.

Homeowners and business people in the south, west and north of the country are already counting the cost of the most destructive storm so far this winter.

Details emerged last night of the Government's flood package, which will include an initial €5m for emergency flood works and the allocation of funds from the Department of Social Protection for hardship payments.

For farmers, restrictions on the movement of cattle and other livestock from flooded land have been lifted. This followed a meeting between the IFA and Agriculture Minister Simon Coveney.

Also included in the package is the dispensation of funds from the Office of Public Works (OPW) which will allow councils to claim up to €500,000 for flood works.

"This situation is unfolding so the €5m in emergency funding is just an initial amount," said a Government source. A memo is set to go to Cabinet this morning from OPW minister Simon Harris which will outline the scale of the damage.