Noel Fallon keeps guard at  sandbanks between his house and the swollen River Shannon at Wolfe Tone Terrace in Athlone. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

Noel Fallon has lived on Wolfe Tone Terrace in Athlone for 54 years. Today, he lives there with his wife and daughter. His three grown-up sons have lo(...)

Flooding along the  River Shannon  near Athlone town this week. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Water levels on the River Shannon in Athlone rose by 10mm on Saturday night as efforts continued to prevent properties in the area from flooding. We(...)

Flooding  this week along the banks of the Shannon river near Athlone town. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Westmeath County Council has placed two families in alternative accommodation as flooding continues to threaten parts of Athlone town. While the fa(...)

Flooding along the banks of the Shannon River near Athlone Town as seen from a helicopter on Thursday. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

The river Shannon is expected to swell further in coming days with heavy rain set to pose a heightened risk of flooding for roads and properties in We(...)