28 February 2020 5pm
Water levels in the River Shannon are continuing to rise in the Athlone area, albeit at a slower rate than previous days.
The Council is in receipt of an ESB forecast of river levels for the next 4 days and this is indicating that the River Shannon in Athlone will continue to rise up to Sunday 1st March 2020. The highest predicted level is 39.30m OD, which is approximately 4cm above current levels.
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 6cm by Sunday 1 March will not cause major difficulties in the town.
However, the inundation of rural areas adjacent to the Shannon is causing major issues for rural residents and farmers. Assistance is being provided to people in these areas and this will be widened as the need arises in terms of transport and other services over the coming days.
In response to Storm Jorge, Met Éireann has issued a series of weather warnings for various parts of the country. These include an orange wind warning for County Westmeath from 13:00 hrs to 19:00 hrs tomorrow Saturday. The public are advised to be aware about meteorological conditions and check if you are exposed to danger by nature of your activity or your specific location.
Westmeath County Council continues to monitor the situation and preparations are in place to address localised issues. Council crews will be engaged in flood response activities over the weekend and are on standby to respond to incidents, as and when the need arises.
An emergency number is available, including outside of office hours, and can be accessed through 044 933 2000.
Content Last Updated/Reviewed: 28/02/2020