Westmeath County Council is actively monitoring water levels on the Shannon with regard to the current spell of unsettled weather and the forecast period of rainfall.
Current water levels on the Shannon in Athlone are at 38.80m OD Poolbeg which is approximately 1m below the highest level recorded in Winter of 2015/16.
The River Shannon is a slow rising river due to the scale of the catchment area and this gives time for additional responses to be put in place when necessary.
Staff in Westmeath County Council will continue to closely monitor river levels and to prepare for the deployment of defence measures if required should levels continue to rise over the weekend.
The permanent flood defences already in place will provide significant protection to areas of the town that were affected in the past.
Content Last Updated/Reviewed: 20/02/2020