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Last updated Sat 1 Feb 2014

Families had to be rescued from their homes as parts of the Republic of Ireland were hit with gale force winds, heavy rain and serious flooding.

Emergency workers rescue residents after a flash flood on the Lee Estate in Limerick City. Credit: Niall Carson/PA Wire
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Army called in as Limerick faces ‘unprecedented’ floods

Scores of people evacuated from inundated homes across city

Army vehicle in Limerick earlier today. Army vehicle in Limerick earlier today.

Sat, Feb 1, 2014, 15:16

The Army has been drafted into a Limerick to help battle “unprecedented” floods in the city.

Scores of people have been evacuated from their homes across Limerick City after “unprecedented” floods hit this morning.

Large parts of the city and county are under water after the River Shannon burst its banks in several areas.

The worst affected locations include Kings Island (St Mary’s Park/Island Road and the Lee Estate), Athlunkard Street, Dock Road, Condell Road, Corbally Road, Honan’s Quay, Clancy Strand, and Longpavement.

Another area badly hit by the floods, Athlunkard Street, saw houses and cars submerged.

Ger Hogan has meanwhile become a hero in his native city. Since early this morning the father of seven has been rescuing stranded victims of the floods from their washed out homes to safety – all on board a cart driven by his mare Peg.

From 9am, Ger and Peg began carting neighbours and family and friends in St Mary’s Park to dry ground.

The north side estate is under four feet of water. By 2.30pm Ger and three-year old Peg had rescued around 100 people.

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