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Limerick: Army drafted in to battle flooding

Residents use a boat to navigate flood waters after a flash flood on the Lee Estate in Limerick City Image copyright PA
Image caption Residents use a boat to navigate flood waters after a flash flood on the Lee Estate in Limerick City
Cars in flood water after a flash flood on the Lee Estate in Limerick City Image copyright PA
Image caption Cars in flood water after a flash flood on the Lee Estate in Limerick City
A man walks through flood waters after a flash flood on the Lee Estate in Limerick City Image copyright PA
Image caption A man walks through flood waters after a flash flood on the Lee Estate in Limerick City
A dog makes his was home through a flooded street in Limerick city Image copyright PA
Image caption A dog makes his was home through a flooded street in Limerick city

The Irish army has been drafted into Limerick in the Republic of Ireland to battle severe flooding in the city.

The River Shannon burst its banks during stormy weather and scores of houses have been evacuated.

It is understood up to 5,000 homes and businesses are without electricity.

Irish government minister Brian Hayes is due to visit Limerick later to assess the damage. Cork city, parts of County Clare and County Kerry have also been affected.