Monday 26 September 2016

Army troops assist in six separate operations as part of the State’s response to the flooding emergency

Published 10/12/2015 | 17:05

The 2nd army battalion works in Ballinasloe, Co Galway, to hold back rapidly rising waters in the wake of Storm Desmond
The 2nd army battalion works in Ballinasloe, Co Galway, to hold back rapidly rising waters in the wake of Storm Desmond
Flooding from the river Shannon on Springfield road, Clonlara, Co Clare. Photo: Arthur Carron
Aiden Webster, Army Engineer, helping in rescues during the flooding from the river Shannon on Springfield road, Clonlara, Co Clare. Photo: Arthur Carron
Members of the army bail out water from shops in the Ballybofey area of Donegal
Members of the fire service and the army bail out water from shops in the Ballybofey area of Donegal
Members of the fire service and the army bail out water from shops in the Ballybofey area of Donegal
The Army on duty with sandbags in the Deerpark area of Athlone

ARMY personnel are today involved in six separate operations as part of the State’s response to the flooding emergency.

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In Claregalway, the defence forces have been operating shuttle busses to and from schools, it was revealed this afternoon.

Army personnel are also assisting local authorities, businesses and families in filling sandbags in Finisklin in Sligo, Ballinasloe, Athlone,  Clonlara in Clare and Castleconnell in Limerick.

The defence forces today said it is on standby to assist any local authority in need and that the number of areas that have personnel deployed “fluctuates” during such an emergency.

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