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300 rescued from Glenshane blizzards

Published 31/03/2010

A snowplough tows a lorry on the Glenshane Pass. 30.3.10
A snowplough tows a lorry on the Glenshane Pass. 30.3.10
A car which was involved in an accident on the Glenshane Pass on as heavy snow played havoc on the roads in teh North West. 30.3.10
Workmen push their van after getting stuck in snow on the Glenshane Pass.. 30.3.10
The grounds around Stormont started to flood during the bad weather
Rain and wind 'battered' early morning shoppers in Belfast's city centre
Heavy rain and snow effect various parts of Northern Ireland. The banks of the River Lagan at Drumbeg overflow due to the heavy rain. March 31 2010
Cars abandoned on the Glenshane Pass this morning. Picture Martin McKeown. 31.3.10
A car drives through flooded roads on the outskirts of Ballymena, Co Antrim
River moyola tobermore. picture submitted by Rod Mulholand.Tobermore. 30.03.2010
Heavy rain and wind in Belfast
A woman walks across the M3 in heavy snow in Cavan
A delivery man works in heavy snow in Cavan town
A woman walks through heavy snow in Cavan
Belfast Telegraph readers' pics of winter weather: Icy Waterfall on January 11. By Katie S., Killarney National Park
Snowy Fence around Ballymena. By Barry Lau - Ballymena
RIVER BANN,BALLYDOWN,BANBRIDGE, BY STEPHEN McDOWELL
Gallery of Belfast Telegraph readers' snow pictures Castle Gardens, Lisburn. By Tom Porter
A Winter Sun In Lisburn. By Tom Porter
Beautiful trees on divis mountains. By Pauline
Entrance to Belvoir. By Des Meredith at Belvoir
belvoir forest park. By fiona donnan  belfast
Lisburn's Winter Wonderland. By Tom, Lisburn
Mourne Mountains. By John Mitchell, Belfast
Wallace Park, Lisburn. By Tom, Lisburn
Strule Bridge. By Stevie, Omagh
Angela Eadie & her daughters having fun in the snow.
Cycling like madman on Sunday. By Lawrence Smith , Cavehill
Pictures taken in Aghagallon Village. By Etta Mullan
River Blackwater Maghery
near ballymoney. By nev walker
Foyle Walkway Derry. By Patsy Devine. Derry City
Eglinton village on a winter's morning. By tony doherty
Glenelly Valley Co Tyrone. By Patsy Devine Stroanbrack Co Tyrone
my back garden. By Brendan Donaghy
Cregagh Glen Belfast. By Peter Forster, Belfast
Lack , Co Fermanagh. By Doreen Gibson
Lough Neagh, Alan, Daniel and Aaron Monaghan, Maghery
THE TREE. By Moyaleen By William Pullins
Moira Demesne. By Peter B Waddell
Snow in Lurgan Park. By Margaret Taylor
Maghery, River Blackwater
ross , and alfie the snowman. By ross clarke
The Frozen River Bann in Portadown. By Gary English, Portadown
Rear of Armagh Cathedral in the early evening. By Gary English, Portadown
granny's house in the snow, magheranappin co donegal
My back garden. By Brenda Lennon, Munster, Germany
Frozen lakeside at Lurgan Park. By Jenny Hanna, Lurgan
Brownlow House, from Lurgan Park. By Jenny Hanna, Lurgan
Henry in snow!!By Jenny Hanna, Lurgan
Hazy Shade of Winter, Lagan Meadows. By Gavin Sloan
Shaws Bridge. By Tara, west Belfast.
River Foyle from Bay Park. By Pat Devine Derry City
Scots Pine, Ballinderry. By Peter B Waddell
Topiary, Nutts Corner. By Peter B Waddell
Cavehill. By Philip McCloy
Cavehill Robin. By Philip McCloy
Towards Silent Valley. By N Walker, Belfast
This is what I call a snow man, taken just before Moira roundabout. By Gillian Musgrave
Lady Dixon Park, Belfast. By Audrey Matchett
Frozen Beauty, Lady Dixon Park Malone. By Peter Breene
Lone walker at Lady Dixon Park Malone. By Peter Breene
River lagan at Drumbeg. By Peter Breene
Whitewater River, Kilkeel
Frozen Lough, Temple Co Down. By Iain Gregory
River Foyle, Derry. Photo by John Gallagher
Keeping the road clear at Spelga Dam. By Robert in Kilkeel
Spelga Dam in a snow shower. By Robert in Kilkeel
Slippy. By Chris O'Neill, Lagan belfast
no sailing. By Chris O'Neill Belfast
Noleen Cartmill & daughter Katie enjoy the slopes at Spelga Dam
The McCauley family from Rathfriland share the snowy slopes at Spelga Pass
A Frozen Lagan, Ormeau Bridge, Belfast
Scrabo Hill. By Jim Devlin Dundonald
A Robin on Slieve Donard. By Damien Conway, Belfast
MOSSLEY MILL POND. By ROY ORR MOSSLEY
The Water Hole/ The dam at the back of the Valley Leisure centre Newtownabbey. By Philip Mccloy
mournes..towards silent valley. By n.walker/belfast
Hazy Shade of Winter. By Gavin Sloan Lagan Meadows
Minnowburn Beeches. By Jayne Gregory Lagan Valley
An apple a day. By N Walker, Belfast
Redbreast, River Lagan. By B Maguire
Victoria Park, Belfast. By Glen Dunwoody, Belfast
High and dry. By John Hughes, Newtownabbey
Lovers Lane, Merville Garden Village, Newtownabbey. By John Hughes, Newtownabbey
Belvoir forest park on 9th January, by Clare Harvey
Minnowburn Bridge. By Diane McKeaveney
winter on the Lagan - taken on the bridge at McIlroy Park, Dunmurry. By Helen Millar
winter on the Lagan - taken on the bridge at McIlroy Park, Dunmurry. By Helen Millar
winter on the Lagan - taken on the bridge at McIlroy Park, Dunmurry. By Helen Millar
Mournes from divis. By n.walker/belfast
Daniel and Luke Kelly enjoying the snow in Glengormley. By Stephen Kelly
Snow shapes in the Mournes. By Paul Kavanagh, Rathfriland
Ollie in his first snow. By Ruth M.McKinley, Portadwon
Winter visitor to my back garden. Almost fell down trying to get my camera. By Martin in Banbridge
Two little visitors. By Thomas Braniff, Ballymena
Doing the post in Carryduff. By Liam Mackel, Belfast
Twirly Whirly. By Sinead Hoben, Newry
Riverside Park. By Andy, Ballymoney
Snowy days: Matthew and Owen Irvine , Maghaberry
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Frozen pampas grass in Botanic Gardens. By Feldore McHugh, Belfast
Zara, Lewis & Dylan with mum at Lurgan Park. By Gareth Crooks
Frozen playhouse. By Sinead Hoben, Newry
Grandson Caleb Patterson braving the slippery conditions to post some letters. By William McVeigh, Comber
National University of Ireland, Maynooth campus. By Helen McVeigh, Belfast
Ice on the River Bann near Coleraine. By K Rowland, Kilrea
Ice flows at Craigavon Bridge. By Alfie McAleer, Derry
Hikers along the Mournes Wall. By Paul Kavanagh, Rathfriland
Mournes in January. By Paul Kavanagh, Rathfriland
Royal Portrush frozen 3rd green. By Andy, Ballymoney
River Lagan. By B Maguire
John Mitchell, Mourne Mountains. By John Mitchell, Belfast
High Mournes over Silent Valley to the Irish sea. By Paul Kavanagh, Rathfriland
Frozen Lagan at Ormeau Bridge. By Philip McErlean
Victoria Park. By Elizabeth McQuillan, Belfast
Frost on tree branches. By Rach Co Down
Frozen River in Dunmurry. By Tierna Magee, Belfast
Snow over Belfast. By Lisa Kyle
CEF in the snow. By Lisa Kyle
Robin in cold snap. By Jeffrey Bingham, Banbridge
Tree at Lower Ballinderry. By George Glover
Cascum Road, Banbridge at sunset. By Gordon Mc Clintock, Banbridge.
Fat Robin. By Elizabeth McQuillan, Belfast
Frances Wilson on skis in Springwell Forest near Coleraine. By Peter Wilson, Portstewart
Waterworks Park. Submitted by Mary Torney, Belfast
Hillsborough Forest Park. Submitted by Jo Maguire, Lambeg
Missy on Ice. Submitted by Mary Torney, Belfast
Ballougry Road, County Londonderry. Submitted by Stephen Hogg, Ballymagorry
Overlooking the Minnowburn Beeches. Submitted by Geoff McConaghie
At the rose garden over looking Malone House. Submitted by Geoff McConaghie
Anna and Amy Smith on the ice at the Waterworks. Submitted by Mary Torney, Belfast
Hoarfrost on hogweed at River Bann at Gilford, County Down. Submitted by Ken Stewart. Lurgan
At the giants ring. Submitted by Geoff McConaghie
Under the Minnowburn Bridge. Submitted by Geoff McConaghie
Tildarg from Collin Mountain. Submitted by William McCullough, Glenwherry
While in our car. Coleraine Mountain Rd, Londonderry
A robin in the winter sun. Submitted by Derek Laverty, Lisburn
Strabane Lifford border. Submitted by Stephen Hogg, Ballymagorry
Banks of the River Foyle. Submitted by Stephen Hogg, Ballymagorry
Feed our feathered friends. Submitted by Derek Laverty, Lisburn
The best way to keep warm. Submitted by Derek Laverty, Lisburn
Foyle Railway, Londonderry. Submitted by Stephen Hogg, Ballymagorry
Londonderry. Submitted by Stephen Hogg, Ballymagorry
The Bann Bridge, Kilrea. Submitted by Brendan McAllister, Kilrea
The black bird has a rest. Submitted by Chrissie Carson, Dundrod
A tree on Lagan Tow Path, Lisburn. Submitted by Gary Boal
River Lagan. Submitted by Ivor Bradley, Belfast
Caption: Eoghan and Ronan, Cregagh Glen, Submitted by Bob McKeown, Belfast
Hillsborough Forest Park. Submitted by John Shaw, Lisburn
Swans and ducks in Enniskillen, Submitted by John Shaw, Lisburn
Minnowburn Bridge Belfast. Submitted by Trevor Woods
Mist rises over the hills of Dromara on Christmas morning. By Emma Bell, Dromore
Breathtaking views on a crisp Sunday walk at Murlough Bay (Jan 3rd). By Emma Bell, Dromore
Robin enjoying some hot porridge on a cold Christmas morning in Dromore. By Emma Bell, Dromore
hillsborough forest. By severine denis from france
hillsborough forest. By severine denis from france
Winter Landscape Glenravel County Antrim. By Donal O'Callaghan, Glenravel
This photograph was taken near Spelga. By Rosemary Cunningham driving to Hilltown
snow on barbed wire. By Rosemary Cunningham Spelga
Snow in the Kingdom, Co Kerry. By Éamonn ÓCeallaigh
Robin. By Paul Fryer Belfast
Looking over Belfast Lough from Loughshore Park
Looking towards Whiteabbey from Hazelbank Park
Loughshore Park looking towards Hazelbank Park, Whiteabbey
Ben, Christmas Day
The gorgeous Lime Tree Walk at the Argory in Co Armagh. By Julieann Graham The Birches
Frozen Tree. Wooden it be ice.Gransha Comber
River Lagan. By Trevor Woods
Snow on the holly. By Willie Robb Eglinton
View from Tí Chuilin Centre. By Alex Maskey. Mullaghban, Sth Armagh
View from Tí Chuilin Centre. By Alex Maskey. Mullaghban, Sth Armagh
Minnowburn Bridge Belfast. By Trevor Woods
A cold canter. By Alex Maskey, Forkhill, Sth Armagh
Tí Chuilin Centre, Sth Armagh. By Alex Maskey
Winter in the Mournes. By David Craig, Dundonald
Winter on the top of Slieve Donard. By David Craig, Dundonald
Ice on the lagan. By David Rainey
The Dark Hedges, Stranocum, Xmas Day 2009. By Stephen Thompson
Snow scenes in Co Armagh. By Alan Hopps, Markethill
Glens of Antrim. By Francis Peacocke
Golden light Broughshane. By Francis Peacocke
Abandoned house Glenariff. By Francis Peacocke
Slemish mountain. By Francis Peacocke
Antrim hills. By Francis Peacocke
Sheep lying low - Broughshane. By Francis Peacocke
Frosty Botanic Gardens, Belfast. By Brian Hamilton
Andrew and Hannah. By Colin McAuley, Lisburn
Robin Near Newforge Lane. By Don Anderson, Belfast
Sheep orange hill tobermore. By Rod Mulholland.Tobermore.
No chance of fly fishing at Hillsborough lake!. By Ali Boyd, Hillsborough
Slieve Croob. By Toby McBrien
Mourne Mountains by Stephen Black
Mourne Mountains by Stephen Black
Mourne Mountains by Stephen Black
Mourne Mountains by Stephen Black
Mourne Mountains by Stephen Black
Mourne Mountains by Stephen Black
Mourne Mountains by Stephen Black
Bready, Co. Tyrone. By Steven Crumley
Who needs a fridge? By Gareth Crooks
It's a dogs life... (snow joke !). By William McKnight
Snowy Mournes. By William McKnight
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Glens of Antrim. By Ursula McCollam, Belfast
'Off Piste' in Limavady. By Gerry Mullan
Matthew , Matthew & Ben, Spelga Dam. By Mark.
Sunset in the snow. By Aidan, Saintfield
Tower Lake, Clandeboye. By John McDonald, Newtownards
Frosted leaves in Tower Lake Wood, Clandeboye. By John McDonald, Newtownards
Tower Lake, Clandeboye. By John McDonald, Newtownards
View towards Helen's Tower from Mountain Road, Newtownards.By John McDonald, Newtownards
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Crawfordsburn Road, Newtownards. By John McDonald, Newtownards
Path to Tower Wood from Crawfordsburn Road, Newtownards. By John McDonald, Newtownards
Ballyboley Forest. By Mark, Larne
Tower Lake, Clandeboye. By John McDonald, Newtownards
Tower Lake, Clandeboye. By John McDonald, Newtownards
Tower Lake, Clandeboye. By John McDonald, Newtownards
Lagan, Dromore Park. By Beth Alderdice, Down
Ice in Tower Lake Wood, Clandeboye. By John McDonald, Newtownards
Frost on Clothes Pegs on Christmas Day 09, Rathfriland, Co. Down. By John Harkness - Belfast
A steaming sea 12 degrees warmer than the air on Christmas Day. By Evelyn McCullough Portstewart Strand
Whiterock Co Down. By Mikeymo
First sunset of the New Year. By Candy Morrison in Newmills
Earhart Park, Derry. Christmas Day 2009. By Robbie Hegarty
Do the road service need my help? By Margaret, Ballymena
Its snow joke! By Margaret, Ballymena
'Fenced in', Dunmurry. By Hazel
Ballynure, Co Antrim, 5th January 2010. By Stephen Millings
Shrek. By Stephen Millings
Lady Dixon Park, Christmas Eve. By William Dunne
Lorcan and Marley. By William Dunne
Early on New Year's Day, Templepatrick. By Linda, Templepatrick
Lady Dixon Park, Belfast. By William Dunne
New Years Day sunset, Rough Island, Comber. submitted by Rebecca, Belfast
In the Bleak Mid-Winter. By Brian Morton / Straid
Dairyland Road - submitted by Brian Morton, Straid
Dundrum Beach, Co Down. Boxing Day 2009. By S McHugh
New Year's Day dip at Ballyholme. By Mike Pringle, Groomsport
Tobermore v Churchill United final off. By Rod Mulholland.
New Years Day, Cushendunn. By Paul Davis from Coleraine
Tom McIntyre, Hollow Farm Tandragee. By Sonia McIntyre
Pepe. By Pauline, Ballynahinch
Home. By Pauline, Ballynahinch
Real Christmas trees, Limavady mountain. By Paul Davis from Coleraine
Marv in the back garden. By Alan Frame, Larne
Misty Lane. By Rod Mulholland
Moyola River, Tobermore. By Rod Mulholland
Tobermore village. By Rod Mulholland
Sammy the Seal in Drumbeg. By Evaline Mitchell, Dunmurry
Seal takes an icy dip in the Lagan at Drumbeg, Co Down
Snow patrol in Monkstown. By Harry Crowe, Monkstown, Newtownabbey
A great reason to go back to bed. By Stephen, Ballynure
Nightlife in Straid. Al Richardson/Tara Morton
Cosy Jack and Snowman Thomas. Submitted by Sinead Hoben, Newry
Rachel Rose (5) from Newtownabbey enjoying the February snow at the Knockagh War Memorial in County Antrim
Matt, Becca, Rachel and Wil from Newtownabbey enjoying the February snow
Becca Lilly (3) from Newtownabbey, pictured sitting on a huge snowman, enjoying the February snow
Becca Lilly (3) from Newtownabbey enjoying the February snow
Daniel Egerton and his brother James from Bingham enjoy playing in the snow
Alan Lewis - Photopress Belfast 21/2/2010Picture by Justin KernoghanMatt McCrum (5, left) and Rachel Rose (5) - Families from Newtownabbey enjoying huge snowball rolling competitions at the Knockagh War Memorial in County Antrim today - Heavy snow is affecting many parts of Northern Ireland with road conditions said to be dangerous.The police are warning motorists to drive with extra care and allow additional time for their journey.Earlier, the A8 carriageway from Larne harbour was congested with lorries due to the snow but police say the traffic problem has since cleared.Police had advised motorists of delays and asked those arriving for ferries to allow extra time for their journey.There were reports of up to nine inches of snow in Newcastle, County Down.
Matt McCrum (5, left) and Rachel Rose (5) from Newtownabbey enjoying huge snowball rolling competitions at the Knockagh War Memorial in County Antrim
Snow falls overnight in parts of Northern Ireland
Wintry weather has caused chaos across Northern Ireland

Heavy snow and winds caused overnight chaos in parts of Northern Ireland with up to 300 people rescued from a mountain road after conditions overwhelmed vehicles.

The blizzard cut electricity to around 50,000 homes, while snowdrifts and fallen trees closed a large number of roads.

The police, coastguard, mountain rescue and Department of Environment launched a joint rescue operation after motorists became stranded when 3ft-high snowdrifts swept across the mountainous Glenshane Pass, a main route between Belfast and Londonderry.

Two evacuation centres were set up in Maghera and Dungiven in Co Derry to house the stranded, including schoolchildren whose bus had to be abandoned.

There were no reports of injuries, but a power cut to one of the rescue centres forced the authorities to move people to a leisure centre in nearby Limavady.

Police Chief Inspector Steve Cargin, who coordinated the rescue plan, said: "Treacherous blizzard conditions - I have certainly never experienced conditions like it.

"Really frightening conditions, not only for my officers and our support people, but for those people who were stranded in cars for such a long period of time, especially a busload of schoolchildren.

"Conditions - really strong gale-force winds, blizzards, snowdrifts of up to four feet. One of my officers said they saw this bump in the road and then realised it was actually a car. It was completely covered in snow. The conditions were just really unbelievable."

Flights were disrupted as the worst of the storm raged overnight, but as weather conditions improved, officials reported that blocked roads were being cleared and Northern Ireland Electricity (NIE) said work was under way to restore power.

NIE's Sara McClintock said ice on power lines, combined with strong winds, brought down cables, adding: "We face a mammoth task in trying to fix over 600 individual faults with these prevailing conditions."

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