Defence forces return to Mountmellick as clean-up continues

Lieutenant John Mahon says the Mountmellick flooding is the worst in living memory

Defence forces return to Mountmellick as clean-up continues

File photo | Mountmellick Floods. Pictured are homes on the Manor Road, 23-11-2017. Image: Eamonn Farrell/RollingNews

Humanitarian assistance is still being offered to people in the Midlands affected by flooding.

The Defence Forces have deployed 32 soldiers to assist with the ongoing relief works in Mountmellick, county Laois this morning.

The town is one of the worst affected areas after three rivers burst their banks on Wednesday – and troops have been deployed every morning since to help with recovery works.

Lieutenant John Mahon is one of the troops helping:

“We are quite used to flooding and dealing with flood relief because we are based in Athlone so we do flood relief in the Athlone area, usually on an annual basis,” he said.

“However, this is the worst flooding I have ever seen in Mountmellick.

“It is as bad as anybody has ever remembered here.”

The soldiers have brought specialist equipment with them to the town to assist in flood defence, mobility and clean up taskings.

Meanwhile the minister of state with responsibility for flood relief addressed the Irish National Flood Forum in Athlone this morning.

Kevin 'Boxer' Moran outlined the Government's flood solutions, investment and initiatives.

The theme of the conference is 'Building Community Resilience Together.'