Ireland hit by severe floods

High waters in the River Shannon and its tributaries have brought widespread flood chaos to Ireland.

Affected areas have received more than 150% of average rainfall for November so far and the Irish government, the Taoiseach, has warned that the worst is yet to come.

Problems are still being experienced throughout the country with areas in the west and south still badly affected.

There has been some improvement in the south as flood levels have subsided slightly. However, Met Eireann has predicted further heavy rainfall which will exacerbate the current situation.

Areas in the Lower Shannon region are under high flood alert as the river Shannon is very swollen.

Local authorities are coordinating efforts in the region assisted by the Defence Forces and the various agencies.

Sean Hogan, National Director for Fire and Emergency Services from the Department of the Environment, Heritage & Local Government warned against making unnecessary journeys in the affected regions.

"People who need to travel in the affected areas should check on the website of their local authority before travelling," he said.

"Information and alternative arrangements in relation to affected water supplies are also available on these websites."

Sam Bond


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