Storm Desmond is still battering its way across Ireland and the U.K., having already dumped a month’s worth of rain in some areas. The local radio stations along the west coast have become live feeds of lists of blocked roads, lights out, flooded houses. Rivers have been filled to breaking points and beyond. The Owenriff in Oughterard is no exception, and is currently hurtling down to the rising lake in a white torrent.
Local men worked on breaking gaps in the wall along the road to let the water on the road exit back into the river. House owners peered anxiously at the rising levels from behind sandbagged doors, as the wind still whipped rain every which way.