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While the families’ homes on the west side of town were not flooded, both houses suffered flooding in 2009, and the families asked to be moved because they found the situation too stressful.

Irish Examiner

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Flood in Ireland on December 11 2015 04:40 AM (UTC).

Base data

EDIS Number FL-20151211-51209-IRL
Event type Flood
Date/Time December 11 2015 04:40 AM (UTC)
Last update December 11 2015 04:42 AM (UTC)
Cause of event
Damage level High Damage level

Geographic information

Continent Europe
Country Ireland
County / State Westmeath County
Area County-wide
Settlement
Coordinate 53° 32.072,7° 27.919

 

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Westmeath County Council has placed two families in alternative accommodation as flooding continues to threaten parts of Athlone town. While the family’s homes on the west side of town were not flooded, both houses suffered flooding in 2009 and the families asked to be moved because they found the current situation too stressful. River Shannon levels in Athlone rose by about 8cm between Wednesday and Thursday. However, due to the efforts of locals, council staff, the Defence Forces and the civil defence, floodwater was kept out of houses. Additional pumps have been deployed in some of the worst-affected areas. In places such as Deerpark Road, the water levels appear to have dropped. Despite the flood defence measures, there are major concerns about the impact further predicted bad weather could have on the town. Director of services at Westmeath County Council Barry Kehoe is hoping the forecast provided by the ESB is not accurate. It suggests a further rise of 31cm which would see the Shannon at levels just below those of 2009. “There is a bad forecast for Saturday of heavy rainfall,” Mr Kehoe said. “The effect of it will be to drag out the whole scenario into next week.” While some waste water had mixed with the flood water, Mr Kehoe said there was no problem with the water supply in the town. “It [the floodwater] always needs to be treated as dirty water and a hazard,” he said, adding that the council was prepared for evacuations. In the case of the two families who were provided with accommodation on Tuesday and Wednesday, Mr Kehoe said “some people have requested alternative accommodation as it is just too stressful for them”. In outlying areas such as Clonbonny and Carrickobrien, some people were “marooned”, Mr Kehoe said. A transport service was being provided to bring children to school, to take people to medical appointments and for other essential journeys. Although areas like the Strand and Wolfe Tone Terrace remain under threat on the east side of town, and Deerpark Road and The Park and Parnell Square on the west side, the remainder of the town is continuing to operate as normal. The Defence Forces has between 30 and 35 troops filling sandbags and moving heavy pumps in Athlone. A spokesman said the troops had been on flood defence operations since 7am.

 

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Irish Examiner

Athlone fearful things will worsen next weekFriday, December 11, 2015

Westmeath County Council has placed two families in alternative accommodation as flooding continues to threaten parts of Athlone town.

While the families’ homes on the west side of town were not flooded, both houses suffered flooding in 2009, and the families asked to be moved because they found the situation too stressful.

Flood defence measures prevented flooding from occurring despite rising water levels in Athlone, Co Westmeath on Wednesday night. It’s estimated that 90 houses could flood in Athlone if water levels reach those last seen in November 2009.

River Shannon levels in Athlone rose by around 8cm between Wednesday and Thursday. However, thanks to the efforts of locals, council staff, the defence forces and the civil defence, floodwater was kept out of houses.

By Thursday morning the wind, which had been driving water towards the town, had eased as workers continued to battle the floodwater.

Extra pumps have been deployed in some of the worst affected areas. In places like Deerpark Road, the water levels appear to have dropped. Despite the flood defence measures there are major concerns about the impact further predicted bad weather could have.

 

 

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The Irish Times

Families request evacuation as flood threatens town

Locals, council staff, Defence Forces and Civil Defence keep floodwater out of Athlone houses with additional pumps deployed in worst-affected areas

Flooding this week along the banks of the Shannon river near Athlone town. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times Flooding this week along the banks of the Shannon river near Athlone town. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Westmeath County Council has placed two families in alternative accommodation as flooding continues to threaten parts of Athlone town.

While the family’s homes on the west side of town were not flooded, both houses suffered flooding in 2009 and the families asked to be moved because they found the current situation too stressful.

River Shannon levels in Athlone rose by about 8cm between Wednesday and Thursday. However, due to the efforts of locals, council staff, the Defence Forces and the civil defence, floodwater was kept out of houses. Additional pumps have been deployed in some of the worst-affected areas.

In places such as Deerpark Road, the water levels appear to have dropped. Despite the flood defence measures, there are major concerns about the impact further predicted bad weather could have on the town.

 

Read More Here

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