'We can do nothing now but get out on a boat'
Mike Hogan has endured a stressful few days watching the flood waters from the River Shannon slowly but surely edging closer to his family's home in Springfield, Clonlara, Co Clare.
A veteran of previous floods, he decided the time had finally come yesterday to leave with his wife Liz and their two sons and two daughters, with the family evacuated on a boat by Clare Civil Defence.
"We can't walk through it (the flood). If we had to carry the girls it would be too dangerous," Mike said. "It's pushing waist high. I suppose it's (over) three foot. My wife isn't doing too well. None of us are getting any sleep."
The musician said coping with the stress of the situation was as bad as seeing the flood waters pouring across the fields that surround his home.
"Last night we were worrying, and checking the levels, and when we got up early again this morning it was higher," he said. "It's a big worry as to where we are staying tonight. We've seen this a couple of times. The worst time was in 2009. We had to move out for almost a month.
"It has been happening for 15 years. You'd think we'd be used to it."
He added: "We can do nothing now but get out on a boat. One or two of our neighbours were going to stay but it got so bad they're deciding to go now.
"You can't get supplies down or coal for heat."