Dramatic aerial photos bring the damage into sharp focus
Dramatic aerial shots by photographer Peter Barrow put into sharp perspective the devastating scale of floods in the Athlone area in the wake of Storm Desmond.
Residents spent yesterday frantically placing sandbags along the banks of the River Shannon in a desperate attempt to keep rising waters at bay.
However, as these images show, the wrath of Mother Nature was felt by countless homeowners, whose properties were devastated.
The pictures also show large tracts of farming land completely submerged under water.
Homes in low-lying areas of the town suffered the worst damage and thousands of euro in damage was caused to shops and businesses further north in Carrick-on-Shannon.
Meanwhile, Met Éireann warns that the worst is not over as even more heavy rain is forecast.
The Shannon is expected to swell further, with incessant rain set to bring more flooding for both urban and rural dwellers.