Fears of flooding in Askeaton in Co Limerick have eased following high tide in the area this evening.

Limerick County Council says it is confident that the River Deele will not breach its banks.

Earlier, localised flooding occurred in the town and sandbags were laid in vulnerable areas ahead of the high tide at 8pm.

Residents in west Limerick have been advised to boil their water before drinking it, after severe flooding there.

Meanwhile, the Newcastle West Business Association has called on the Government to provide financial assistance to those worst affected by yesterday's flash floods.

Spokesman Pat O'Donovan said many businesses were uninsured or under-insured and needed help.

A huge clean up operation continued throughout the day in parts of Limerick and Cork following yesterday's flash floods.

It is estimated that millions of euro worth of damage was caused.