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Ballycastle man wakes to find foot of water in his home as floods hit

By Staff Reporter

Published 06/07/2015

Flash floods which swamped parts of Ballycastle yesterday as the force of the water caused manhole covers to burst
Flash floods which swamped parts of Ballycastle yesterday as the force of the water caused manhole covers to burst
Flash floods which swamped parts of Ballycastle yesterday as the force of the water caused manhole covers to burst
Flash floods which swamped parts of Ballycastle yesterday as the force of the water caused manhole covers to burst

A man having a Sunday afternoon snooze woke in shock to find his home under a foot of water as flash floods hit Ballycastle.

Neighbours say his wife and daughter are due to return home today to a scene of devastation following a holiday in America.

The householder, Brendan Bailey, was forced to leave home last night and could not be contacted but neighbour Karen Rooney said the deluge caught residents out.

"There was a foot of water in his house. It was about 3cm from coming into my home. We were down with towels to help him clean up and his wife and daughter are due home on Monday and they don't know.

"I was in helping him. We have managed to get all the water out. It was unbelievable, scary. I am here about 13 years and have never had anything like that.

"Brendan was sitting in the chair sleeping and it was one of the neighbours who gave him a wee shout. He wakened up in a bit of a panic and was hanging out the window looking out when his son pulled up. They phoned the Fire Brigade to get pumped out. He had dozed off - he didn't know what was going on."

Elsewhere in Ballycastle, the heavy rains led to part of the Drumavoley Road collapsing leaving a gaping 8ft hole near a bridge. Taxi driver Ronnie Craig lives nearby and he said people now face a long detour to get into the town centre with the road closed.

Fire Service Group Commander David Heyburn said they received reports of four houses in Ballycastle being flooded - two in Fairhead View and two at Fairhill Street. Sandbags were distributed to householders.

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