Snow, ice and more rain to fall
Ice and snow will blanket much of the country today heaping yet further misery on families in the flood zones after seven days of near-relentless rain.
More heavy rainfall expected this week is a further body blow for families still desperately trying to save their homes.
Yesterday householders living south of Parteen Weir were given the devastating news that the ESB must increase discharge through the weir after water levels rose in Lough Derg.
The increase, from 375 to 405 cubic metres a second, is likely to lead to more flooding of roads, land and property downstream, including at Springfield, Montpellier, Castleconnell, Mountshannon and Annacotty.
Yesterday, homes in Clonlara in southeast Clare were overwhelmed by flood waters for the first time after the Blackwater River breeched its banks and Lesley Costelloe, left, was helped back into her home by neighbour Stuart McDonnell.