Three homes have been evacuated in Coonagh, Co Clare, after two days of heavy rain and high tides caused the River Shannon to flood.

The nearby Na Piarsaigh GAA grounds were also extensively damaged after being flooded. 

The GAA club estimates the pitches will be unplayable before Christmas and say the flooding destroyed over €1m worth of upgrading works.

High tidal waters overpowered sluice gates and embankments located along the Shannon banks which caused flooding at both locations.

Emergency measures are being put in place with contractors employed by the OPW working on pumping water from the affected areas and stabilising the embankments to prevent further flooding as a number of other houses in the village remain vulnerable.

Minister with Responsibility for the OPW Kevin 'Boxer' Moran visited the area after being alerted by Fine Gael Senators Kieron O'Donnell and Maria Byrne, to see how the areas had been affected.

He confirmed emergency measures are being put in place as contractors work against the clock to prevent further damage by high tides.

But he said a long term plan is needed to prevent flooding occurring again.

He accepted people were upset and angry at what had happened and needed answers.