Flood Relief Efforts

12 January 2016

Civil Defence Flood Relief Efforts – (11th -12th January 2016)

Civil Defence Units have been deployed to assist communities since 4th December, deployed to numerous duties in the countrywide flood relief effort following Storms Desmond, Eva and Frank. 28 separate local authority areas have been activated, a total of 696 Volunteers have responded with an average of 15 deployed assisting in an area at any given time.


  • Longford (11th – 12th January)


5 volunteers deployed, transporting people for provisions, deployment of sandbags, pumping flood waters, monitoring water levels.

3 X 4WDs, 1 High Bodied Truck, 7 Water Pumps utilised.


  • Dublin (11th – 12th January)


2 volunteers deployed, transporting people through flooded area at Barley Harbour, Newtowncashel, Longford.

2 X 4WD vehicles, 1X off-road Truck utilised.


  • Roscommon ( 11th – 12th January)


4 volunteers deployed, transporting children to school marooned by flood waters, manned pumps at flooded property.

1 X 4WD, 4 Radios, Drysuits , Lights and Wading Poles utilised.


  • Westmeath (11th – 12th January)


9 volunteers  deployed,  providing checks to vulnerable people, transporting people for fuel for their water pumps,  provided PPE for community volunteers, sourcing and delivering fodder for ponies,  monitoring flood waters.

4 X 4WD vehicles utilised.


*Civil Defence Units remain on standby to assist as required. Civil Defence has 4,000 volunteers based in every Local Authority area in the country. Civil Defence has a wide range of equipment to deal with flooding including 88 Boats, 47 Fire Tenders, 9 Floating Pontoon Units and 130 Four Wheel Drive vehicles.