Belfast Telegraph

Friday 1 August 2014

Flood havoc hits Northern Ireland towns

A Young boy paddles his rowing boat up the main street in Strangford village in Co Down as the heavy rain storm and high tides floodb the village, the road was closed for several hours picture Bill Smyth
A man walks along the coast road in Carnlough Co Antrim during high tide,as heavy rain moves across the province. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday November 29, 2011. Heavy rain has caused localised flooding across the province, weather experts believe it will continue throughout Tuesday morning, a number of roads across the province have been been closed, with roads which are "already saturated" at high risk of localised flooding. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday November 29, 2011. See PA story ULSTER Storms. Photo credit should read: Paul Faith/PA Wire
Pacemaker Press Belfast 29-11-2011:Severe weather has caused flooding on a number of roads across Northern Ireland.After heavy rain and gale force winds some roads and rivers in Banbridge were flooded.The Roads Service said it was dealing with flooding in the Banbridge, Londonderry and Craigavon areas.Picture by: Arthur Allison.

Heavy rainfall led to major disruption yesterday for thousands of people as widespread downpours affected many parts of Northern Ireland.

Roads were closed as persistent rainfall resulted in flooding in a number of areas.

The worst affected areas included Strangford, Downpatrick and Londonderry.

The torrential downpours have now sparked demands for an urgent review of flood protection to be implemented in parts of the province.

Several roads in Derry became impassable and housing estates waterlogged as relentless rain and high winds battered the north west yesterday afternoon. Parts of Banbridge and Downpatrick, meanwhile, were also affected by the wet weather.

Police urged motorists to drive with “extreme caution” as the Ballyhornan Road area in Downpatrick was affected by flooding near the junction with Edward Street.

Margaret Ritchie, MP for South Down, said a co-ordinated approach between agencies was needed to address the problem of flooding.

“There is an urgent need for a task force to deal with the flooding,” she said.

Last night a spokesman for DARD Rivers Agency said it took “pre-emptive” action after the forecast for heavy rain.

Derry Sinn Fein councillor Patricia Logue has now called for a review of flood protection for homes at Old City Close after local concerns.

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