Westmeath Council expect Shannon to rise by 20cm by week’s end

Westmeath County Council expect the level of the River Shannon to rise by up to 20cm by this Friday.

In a statement issued this afternoon, the local authority, which has been battling flood waters across the region since last week, has confirmed that the level of the river rose by 5cm last night.

The Council is hopeful that the combination of permanent and temporary flood defences in Athlone town is proving to be effective in preventing significant flooding and it is anticipated that the predicted rise of 20cm by Friday 29 February will not cause major difficulties in the town.

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Earlier today members of the Irish Defence Forces attended Athlone to assist in flood relief efforts and the Council says Assistance is being provided to people beside the Shannon and these efforts will be widened as the need arises in terms of transport and other services over the coming days.