Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 20 August 2014

Homes damaged after torrential rain

A clean-up operation was under way last night after a flood damaged 10 houses and two businesses in Newtownstewart in Co Tyrone.

A blocked grille is said to have been overwhelmed when heavy rain ran-off fields into a small river sending a torrent of water surging into part of the town. The flood carrying mud and river sediment poured into properties in the Mill Street, Mill Court and Dublin Street areas.

Residents said two cars forced into the middle of the road by the flood were left stranded, but the worst of the damage was caused by the debris forced into the properties by the flood water.

Some of the affected homes were said to belong to Tyrone GAA supporters who were returning from the county side's defeat by Cork in the All-Ireland semi-final at Croke Park when news of the flood damage emerged. The small river that was swollen by the rainfall is a narrow tributary of the River Strule.

Staff from the Rivers Agency said the grille was unblocked and by early evening the flood waters had started to subside.

A spokesman said: “Rivers Agency staff will be working with the Roads Service in the clean-up operation.”

Roads were also flooded in Portrush, Co Antrim.

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