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.
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.
The Shannon lock-gate in Athlone on December 14th, 2015. Note the increased water level compared to the picture taken on the 11th (i.e. the jetty underneath the sign is now under water)