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A day of chaos as rains pours in Northern Ireland

Outside the County Down Village of Mayobridge  two young children  make their way home in the terrible weather conditions.
Outside the County Down Village of Mayobridge two young children make their way home in the terrible weather conditions.
Press Eye , Belfast, Northern Ireland, - 23rd October 2011 - Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye Motorists driving through floods at Glenavy Road, Moira this evening after a day of heavy rain.
In the County Down Village of Mayobridge children make their way home in the terrible weather conditions
In the County Down Village of Mayobridge children make their way home in the terrible weather conditions
Press Eye , Belfast, Northern Ireland, - 23rd October 2011 - Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye Motorists driving through floods at Glenavy Road, Moira this evening after a day of heavy rain.
Press Eye , Belfast, Northern Ireland, - 23rd October 2011 - Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye Motorists driving through floods at Glenavy Road, Moira this evening after a day of heavy rain.
Press Eye , Belfast, Northern Ireland, - 23rd October 2011 - Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye Motorists driving through floods at Station Road, Moira this evening after a day of heavy rain.
Press Eye , Belfast, Northern Ireland, - 23rd October 2011 - Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye Motorists driving through floods at Glenavy Road, Moira this evening after a day of heavy rain.
©Press Eye Ltd Northern Ireland - 23rd October 2011 Mandatory Credit - Photo-Jonathan Porter/Presseye. Heavy rain and stormy weather across Northern Ireland. Shoppers in Belfast City Centre.
©Press Eye Ltd Northern Ireland - 23rd October 2011 Mandatory Credit - Photo-Jonathan Porter/Presseye. Heavy rain and stormy weather across Northern Ireland. Shoppers in Belfast City Centre.
©Press Eye Ltd Northern Ireland - 23rd October 2011 Mandatory Credit - Photo-Jonathan Porter/Presseye. Heavy rain and stormy weather across Northern Ireland. Shoppers in Belfast City Centre.
©Press Eye Ltd Northern Ireland - 23rd October 2011 Mandatory Credit - Photo-Jonathan Porter/Presseye. Heavy rain and stormy weather across Northern Ireland. Shoppers in Belfast City Centre.
©Press Eye Ltd Northern Ireland - 23rd October 2011 Mandatory Credit - Photo-Jonathan Porter/Presseye. Heavy rain and stormy weather across Northern Ireland. Tourists in Belfast City Centre.
©Press Eye Ltd Northern Ireland - 23rd October 2011 Mandatory Credit - Photo-Jonathan Porter/Presseye. Heavy rain and stormy weather across Northern Ireland. Tourists in Belfast City Centre.
©Press Eye Ltd Northern Ireland - 23rd October 2011 Mandatory Credit - Photo-Jonathan Porter/Presseye. Heavy rain and stormy weather across Northern Ireland. Shoppers in Belfast City Centre.
©Press Eye Ltd Northern Ireland - 23rd October 2011 Mandatory Credit - Photo-Jonathan Porter/Presseye. Heavy rain and stormy weather across Northern Ireland. Shoppers in Belfast City Centre.
Presseye Ltd Northern Ireland 23rd October 2011Mandatory Credit - Photograph by Declan Roughan / PresseyeDad Edward and Jude Burns get caught in the rain yesterday
©Press Eye Ltd Northern Ireland-23rd October 2011 Credit - Picture by Russell Pritchard/Presseye.comTyrone SFC Final : Clonoe O'Rahilly's vs Dromore at Healy Park, Omagh©Russell Pritchard / Presseye
©Press Eye Ltd Northern Ireland-23rd October 2011 Credit - Picture by Russell Pritchard/Presseye.comTyrone SFC Final : Clonoe O'Rahilly's vs Dromore at Healy Park, Omagh©Russell Pritchard / Presseye
FLASHBACK - memorable moments brought to you by Ulster's wild weather
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PACEMAKER BELFAST 25/11/09Sever flooding in Co Fermanagh from the air. Farm land and out buildings were worst affected in this area.Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker
Flooding in Co Fermanagh November 2009
Flooding in Co Fermanagh November 2009
Flooding in Co Fermanagh November 2009
Flooding in Co Fermanagh November 2009
Flooding in County Fermanagh November 2009
Flooding in County Fermanagh November 2009
Flooding in Co Fermanagh November 2009
Flooding in County Fermanagh November 2009
Flooding in County Fermanagh November 2009
Flooding in County Fermanagh November 2009
It might look like a lake but this is a town centre road in Enniskillen
Minister Michelle Gildernew arrives by boat at the Erneside Shopping Centre
Vehicles battling through the floods in Lisnaskea
Local people using alternative transport to get through flooded roads at the Erneside Shopping centre
Staff at the Share Centre, Irelands' Largest Residential Outdoor Activity Centre based in Smiths Strand, Lisnaskea on the edge of Upper Lough Erne, pictured rowing through the reception area
A stranded driver at the Erneside Shopping centre
A Rivers Agency worker helps a stranded driver at the Erneside Shopping centre on the edge of Upper Lough Erne after heavy rain has caused major flooding in the area - The level of Lough Erne is the highest on record after days of heavy rain caused widespread flooding and disruption in County Fermanagh
A Rivers Agency worker using sandbags and waterpumps to stop a river overflowing at the Erneside Shopping centre on the edge of Upper Lough Erne after heavy rain has caused major flooding in the area - The level of Lough Erne is the highest on record after days of heavy rain caused widespread flooding and disruption in County Fermanagh
Chris McHugh with his son Jacob aged 14 months, on the flooded Samsonagh road near his home in Co Fermanagh
A farmer on the flooded Samsonagh road near Co Fermanagh
A school bus from Killyhommon Primary School, Co Fermanagh, makes its way through a flooded road
Rescue personnel conduct a door to door search for trapped people in the High St of Cockermouth
Cars abandoned on the Glenshane Pass this morning. Picture Martin McKeown. 31.3.10
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
Rain and wind 'battered' early morning shoppers in Belfast's city centre
A snowplough tows a lorry on the Glenshane Pass. 30.3.10
The grounds around Stormont started to flood during the bad weather
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
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
Flooding in County Fermanagh November 2009

Emergency funds are being made available for flood-hit households as another day of heavy rain is forecast across parts of Northern Ireland.

Relentless rain has caused serious flooding, with up to 100mm of rain falling in some areas in what is expected to be the wettest October on record.

Environment Minister Alex Attwood has pledged to help home owners if their properties are flooded during the severe weather by making emergency funds available through councils.

"I am concerned for the plight many householders could face as a result of this severe wet weather," Mr Attwood said.

"I have been liaising with council representatives to ensure they are well prepared, around the clock, to cope.

"In the event of the weather situation continuing to escalate and households being hit by flooding, I will look at how practical assistance can be offered to ensure properties are made habitable as quickly as possible."

The Environment Minister said he would monitor the situation with his officials on an hour-to-hour basis.

Local councils can offer help to flood-hit householders by assisting in the collection, retention and disposal of damaged household contents.

Councils can also help in making clean-up arrangements, and the provision of dehumidifiers.

Today is predicted to be mainly dry with some bright spells, but heavy showers are expected to break out over Fermanagh, Armagh and south Down later.

Counties Antrim and Down were the worst affected yesterday, with north and west Belfast, the coastal villages of Carnlough and Cushendall all badly flooded.

There was also localised flooding in Ballyclare, Banbridge, Lurgan and Moira.

After more than 48 hours of rain, many rivers burst their banks with Dromore, Co Down and Beragh, Co Tyrone hit particularly bad.

Transport routes were widely disrupted with many roads impassable. Last night, the Glenshane road between Dungiven and Drumahoe in Co Londonderry was closed. Several cars had to be towed out of deep water along the A26 Moira Road.

Winds of up to 45mph were expected off the Co Down coast last night.

The M1 was closed westbound yesterday between junctions 11 and 12 due to a fallen tree.

The Belfast to Dublin Enterprise service was also suspended last night due to flooding.

The severe weather has played havoc in the Irish Republic. Dublin City Council declared a major emergency as many parts of the city were under water last night.

Northern Ireland's Flooding Emergency Incident Line can be contacted on 0300 2000 100.

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