Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 31 July 2014

Roads flooded as Fermanagh hit by more torrential rain

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 County Fermanagh November 2009

Roads in Fermanagh were under water yesterday as torrential rainfall brought renewed flooding chaos to the county.

Heavy downpours have left vast areas saturated, and yesterday three main roads remained impassable by car after more downpours.

At Lough Erne, which was at its highest recorded level last Friday, the water has dropped by less than a foot in the last five days.

People are still using tractors and jeeps to commute to work and take children to school.

According to Roads Service, parts of the B127 Newbridge Road, the B533 Wattlebridge Road at Derrykerrib and C436 Inishmore Road could not be passed by cars yesterday.

Minor roads under water included the Derrychara Link near Enniskillen and Glenasheevar Road at Beagh.

In Lisnaskea the Rossmacole Road, Kinmore Road, Drumcon Road, Rossmacaffrey Road, Kilmore Road and Derryadd Road were also badly affected.

Meanwhile in Newtownbutler the Ballyhoe Road and Inver Road were also under water.

Many people in the county are still suffering the aftermath of the floods. They include Tom Leonard, who runs a marine business at Carrybridge near Lisbellaw.

His workshop was flooded and it could be several weeks before he is back to normal.

“This is likely to leave us out of pocket. It is the people on the ground like us who have been left to pick up the pieces,” he said.

First Minister Peter Robinson visited three of the flood-hit areas during a visit to Fermanagh at the weekend, and he is due to raise the issue at today’s Executive meeting.

A telephone conference is also being held by representatives from Fermanagh council and the Rivers Agency and Roads Service to discuss how to deal with the flooding.

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