Belfast Telegraph

Friday 28 November 2014

Flooding: Heavy rain across Northern Ireland with tidal surge to hit Belfast this weekend

Volunteers give out sandbags at Inverary Community Centre in the Sydenham area.
Volunteers give out sandbags at Inverary Community Centre in the Sydenham area earlier this month
FLASHBACK: Flooding on Holywood Promenade earlier in January Jonathan Porter/Presseye.
Portaferry was swamped with water at high tide on Monday afternoon. Photo Twitter/PortaferryGala
Residents and emergency services gather beside Victoria Park in east Belfast ahead of possible flooding. Photo-Jonathan Porter/Presseye.
The high tide flowed into Belfast Harbour around Duncrue Industrial Estate.
Flooding on Holywood Promenade. Jonathan Porter/Presseye.
Strong winds and high tides have caused serious flooding in Warrenpoint, County Down. Photograph by NewRayPics
The playpark submerged under water in Donaghadee. Photo by David J Campbell
Water crashes onto Portaferry Road. Photo by Jane Neely
Residents in the Sydenham area of Belfast place sandbags in front of their houses.
Volunteers give out sandbags at Inverary Community Centre in the Sydenham area.
A walker takes his life into his own hands as he strolls along Warrenpoint promenade, where strong winds and high tides have caused serious flooding. NewRayPics
Members of the public are soaked by stormy seas in Donaghadee. Photo Aidan O'Reilly/Pacemaker Press
Members of the public are soaked by stormy seas in Donaghadee. Photo Aidan O'Reilly/Pacemaker Press
Strong winds and high tides have caused serious flooding in Warrenpoint, County Down. NewRayPics
Residents on the Esplanade in Holywood watch nervously as the flood water inches ever closer this afternoon after a tidal surge and gale force winds. Picture Charles McQuillan/Pacemaker.
In Old Warrenpoint Road, Newry, the O'Hare family get help from a neighbour to deliver sand sandbags to the house. NewRayPics
Residents on the Esplanade in Holywood watch nervously as the flood water inches ever closer this afternoon after a tidal surge and gale force winds. Picture Charles McQuillan/Pacemaker.
Agencies across Belfast and beyond prepare defensives due to flood warnings around high tide. A boat submerged in Carrickfergus harbour.
Rats appear in numbers after heavy flooding on the Esplanade in Holywood this afternoon after a tidal surge and gale force winds. Picture Charles McQuillan/Pacemaker.
A young girl bravely takes on the standing water on the Esplanade in Holywood this afternoon after a tidal surge and gale force winds. Picture Charles McQuillan/Pacemaker.
Corporation Street was closed off due to fear of flooding from the docks. Houses and businesses in the area had to put sandbags outside their doors.
Heavy flooding on the Esplanade in Holywood this afternoon after a tidal surge and gale force winds. Picture Charles McQuillan/Pacemaker.
Corporation Street was closed off due to fear of flooding from the docks. Houses and businesses in the area had to put sandbags outside their doors.
Corporation Street was closed off due to fear of flooding from the docks. Houses and businesses in the area had to put sandbags outside their doors.
Heavy flooding on the Esplanade in Holywood this afternoon after a tidal surge and gale force winds. Picture Charles McQuillan/Pacemaker.
A resident kicks out at a rat after heavy flooding on the Esplanade in Holywood this afternoon after a tidal surge and gale force winds. Rats starting appearing in numbers as the water rose quickly. Picture Charles McQuillan/Pacemaker.
Defences are put in place along the waterfront in Carrickfergus.
Boulders washed from the sea onto the road at Dalriada Park in Cushendall during the storm and high tide on Friday
Boats struggle to hold their moorings at Waterfoot on Friday.
Boats struggle to hold their moorings at Waterfoot on Friday.
. Contractors with mechanical diggers were required to clear the stones of the road and put them back onto the beach, also the Antrim coast road between Carnlough and Waterfoot was closed as boulders were being swept from the sea onto the road
Residents on the Esplanade in Holywood watch nervously as the flood water inches ever closer this afternoon after a tidal surge and gale force winds. Picture Charles McQuillan/Pacemaker.
Carnlough Village came to a standstill after thousands of coast stones were flung on to the main road. Contractors with mechanical diggers were required to clear the stones of the road and put them back onto the beach.
East Antrim MLA Oliver McMullan surveys the damage done by the high tide to the sea wall at Cushendall beach as storms lash the north Antrim coast.
The Victorian Bathing Pool at Warrenpoint was flooded due to the high tide. NewRayPics
Carnlough came to a standstill after thousands of coast stones were flung on to the main road of the village. Contractors with mechanical diggers were required to clear the stones of the road and put them back onto the beach, also the Antrim coast road between Carnlough and Waterfoot was closed as boulders were being swept from the sea onto the road
Carnlough came to a standstill after thousands of coast stones were flung on to the main road of the village. Contractors with mechanical diggers were required to clear the stones of the road and put them back onto the beach, also the Antrim coast road between Carnlough and Waterfoot was closed as boulders were being swept from the sea onto the road
03.01.14. PICTURE BY DAVID FITZGERALD People battling through the high winds in Belfast City Centre yesterday
Corporation Street was closed off due to fear of flooding from the docks. Houses and businesses in the area had to put sand-bags outside their doors.
Carnlough came to a standstill after thousands of coast stones were flung on to the main road of the village. Contractors with mechanical diggers were required to clear the stones of the road and put them back onto the beach, also the Antrim coast road between Carnlough and Waterfoot was closed as boulders were being swept from the sea onto the road
A vehicle is swamped by high waves in Carnlough Co Antrim.
PSNI officers take away sandbags in the Sailortown area of Belfast as the threat of flooding eased. Picture By: Arthur Allison
PSNI officers take away sandbags in the Sailortown area of Belfast as the threat of flooding eased. Picture By: Arthur Allison
Coast walks at Cushendall are ripped apart, summer seats wrecked and bins ripped from their foundations near Cushendall Golf Club.
Coast walks at Cushendall are ripped apart, summer seats wrecked and bins ripped from their foundations near Cushendall Golf Club.
Kilkeel harbour saw strong winds and high tides around noon. NewRayPics
The footbridge near Cushendall Golf Club was closed off because of storm damage.
In Old Warrenpoint Road, Newry, the O'Hare family get help from a neighbour to deliver sand sandbags to the house. NewRayPics

There are fresh fears of serious flooding across parts of Northern Ireland as heavy rain causes more misery for motorists and residents.

'Precautionary' flood prevention measures are in place in east Belfast amid flooding fears at high tide on Saturday.

Disaster was averted in the area earlier this month, when the predicted tidal surge failed to breach defensive barriers of some 40,000 sandbags.

Some parts of Co Down have already suffered the effects of rainfall, with several roads closed for a time in areas such as Newcastle.

Sinn Fein MLA Chris Hazzard was among those on the ground helping residents affected by flooding.

He said the area had suffered "extreme flooding", with water entering some houses.

According to Meteo Group forecaster John Griffiths, up to 24mm of rain fell in parts of Northern Ireland in just six hours on Friday morning.

"There has been very heavy rainfall, with 24mm in some areas from 6am on Friday," he told the Belfast Telegraph.

"That would be very high for this period and we've already had a lot of rain over the past few days."

 

Video report showing flood defences in east Belfast earlier this month

The highest levels were reported just outside Draperstown in Co Londonderry.

He said while rain would ease off on Friday evening, Saturday was set to bring yet more showery weather.

"There is a risk of flooding with more high rainfall saturating the ground."

A yellow warning for heavy rain has already been put in place by the Met Office.

In east Belfast a high tide at 11.54am on Saturday could bring flooding to the area.

But according to the Rivers Agency, early indications predict the surge is not expected to be of the same scale as that which occurred earlier this month.

"The most critical tide will be at 11.54am. In addition, there has been a lot of rainfall recently, leading to saturated ground and high river levels," said the agency's Pat Aldridge.

"Further rain is forecast and therefore there is a risk of river and surface water flooding, particularly if high flows coincide with high tides."

Victoria Park will also be closed on Saturday as a result of the high tide.

Meanwhile, Ballymena RFC's clash with UCC has also been called off due to a waterlogged pitch.

The latest poor weather comes as parts of southern England have seen the wettest January on record, with more rain set to bring further misery to flood-hit areas.

A large area from east Devon to Kent and inland across parts of the Midlands has already seen twice the average rainfall for the month, figures from the Met Office show.

The rain has caused widespread flooding, with the Army being deployed to the Somerset Levels to bring relief to villages cut off by the most significant floods for 20 years.

The Met Office is warning of a band of heavy rain sweeping the country tomorrow, with 20mm to 30mm set to fall across many parts and as much as 40mm on high ground.

Over the weekend, winds of up to 50mph to 60mph are set to hit the country, which combined with spring tides could see western coastal areas battered by large waves.

The bad weather will worsen the problems faced by some areas such as Somerset.

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