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PICTURES: Irish towns continue to battle against floods

Houses and businesses have been destroyed in towns across the country.
Jan 2nd 2016, 6:04 PM 33,068 27

TOWNS ACROSS IRELAND continue to battle against floodwater after days of consistent heavy rain.

2/1/2015. Storm Frank Graiguenamanagh. Storm Frank Johnnie Hoare rescues a flood sign in Graiguenamanagh in Kilkenny Source: Eamonn Farrell/RollingNews.ie

At least 200 homes across the country have already been destroyed and families have had to be evacuated, mostly in the midlands.

A warning has also just been issued as the Liffey may be the next river to overflow, according to the ESB.

2/1/2015. Storm Frank Graiguenamanagh. Storm Frank Local women take photos in Kilkenny Source: Eamonn Farrell

At least a further 150 homes are at risk with Defence Forces personnel deployed to areas of Cork, Galway, Clare, Kilkenny and Westmeath.

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Hundreds more soldiers are currently on standby waiting to respond to any incoming requests from local authorities.

Met Éireann has predicted more heavy rain tomorrow after a brief respite today.

It says there will possibly be “heavy falls along eastern coastal areas” and heavy showers in Munster.

2/1/2015. Storm Frank Graiguenamanagh. Storm Frank Storm Frank has devastated Graiguenamanagh where the River Barrow burst its banks.

The forecast comes after  a status yellow rain warning for parts of Leinster and Munster ended at 9am after a 24-hour period. Thirty-five millimeters of rain fell over the time.

2/1/2015. Storm Frank Graiguenamanagh. Storm Frank Graiguenamanagh Source: Eamonn Farrell

The alert affected Dublin, Carlow, Kilkenny, Wexford, Wicklow, Cork, Kerry, Tipperary and Waterford.

2/1/2015. Storm Frank Graiguenamanagh. Storm Frank Source: Eamonn Farrell

Met Éireann’s Evelyn Cusack said it was the wettest December on record with Cork getting up to four times the average rain.

2/1/2015. Storm Frank Graiguenamanagh. Storm Frank Source: Eamonn Farrell

Roads are expected to be busier in the coming days as people return home after the Christmas holidays.

2/1/2015. Storm Frank Graiguenamanagh. Storm Frank Source: Eamonn Farrell

The public are advised to be vigilant when travelling on roads as there may be local flooding and downed trees.

2/1/2015. Storm Frank Graiguenamanagh. Storm Frank Source: Eamonn Farrell

With reporting by Cliodhna Russell

Earlier: More than 200 homes flooded while 150 more are at risk

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