Three areas along the River Shannon considered at high risk of further flooding this week will have emergency drinking water collection points established by the Irish Red Cross.
A conference call today involving by National Director of Units Tony Lawlor provided a status update on weather-affected communities after Storm Desmond hit the country on Saturday causing severe flooding in parts of the South and West.
Following the call Irish Red Cross Head Office contacted the Westmeath, Galway and Limerick local authorities to offer auxiliary support in the event of further flooding in their environs.
Head Office also secured the generous support of Tipperary Water for the pre-positioning of bottled water in three towns on the Shannon considered at highest risk of flooding.
National Director of Health and Social Care, Aiden Lonergan will allocate the consignment and local Red Cross Units will arrange collection and transport.
“This stock is agreed as an interim, emergency resource especially for isolated homes affected by drinking water loss, infirm householders or those with no transport. Distribution will take place tomorrow and Thursday,” Mr Lawlor said.
Irish Red Cross uniformed officers from Dublin Mid-Leinster and Dublin North East attended a Major Emergency Management (MEM) meeting today at the Phoenix Park.
Based on meteorological, local authority and HSE MEM briefings, it is understood that due to the timing of flood patterns on the Shannon that Athlone, Portumna and the Montpelier area of County Limerick are at risk of further flooding.
The Red Cross in Athlone is providing assistance by way of flood mitigation equipment to some householders already affected or at risk. A quantity of bottled water is being pre-positioned there. Contact with Council officials and members has been initiated. A four-wheel drive ambulance from Laois Red Cross is being temporarily relocated to the Westmeath town.
A quantity of bottled water has been set aside for use in Portumna, and regional and Area Officers are pre-alerting members.
The areas now considered most at risk are rural. Bottled water is being pre-positioned. The Limerick Red Cross organisation is pre-alerted and communication with the local authority is ongoing.
“Regular communications continue with the NDU, NDHSC, and Head Office to coordinate staff and volunteers in continuing to provide practical supports to communities adversely affected by Storm Desmond,” Mr Lawlor said.
Regional Directors of Units and the National Director of Units continue to dialogue with the HSE MEM officers in the two regions affected by Storm Desmond.