Athlone Flooding 2015
A panoramic view in December 2015 of the river Shannon looking upstream towards the railbridge. On the left is the church of St. Peter & St. Paul, and also the town library+art gallery. On the right is the Radisson hotel.
Flood defences in action on December 14th 2015 in front of the Strand in Athlone. The large blue box is a pump - a number of them were manned 24 hours a day during the flooding to keep the water at bay.
A panoramic view of Deerpark and the Clonown road under flood on December 14, 2015. This road marks the boundary of the Shannon Callows in Athlone - a large expanse of summer meadow that floods every year. The houses on the right were built during the Celtic Tiger years.
On December 14th, 2015, council workers and Civil Defence volunteers maintain flood defences, including pumps and sandbags, at the intersection of Deerpark and Canal Banks in Athlone. The fields beyond this point are the Shannon Callows - they flood every winter and , until recently, were the habitat for migrating corncrakes during the summer.