Irish Water Safety have today issued a notice regarding the anticipated flood waters over the coming days.
Irish people are not used to having snow and ice along riverbanks, canal tow paths and pond/lake edges.
Please take care especially of children along water edges as a mixture of slippery surfaces and high water levels will increase the risk of drowning.
Walkers and anglers are considered high risk along rivers where the current water temperature is just two degrees.
It is advised to stay three meters from the edge and anglers should wear lifejackets.
On average three people drown in Ireland every week.
Remember in a water emergency call 999 or 112 and ask for the Coast Guard at the first sign of somebody getting into trouble.