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Met Office issues new weather warning for rain, as rural Northern Ireland remains flooded

Published 21/01/2016

Armagh: Flooding pictures taken by Patrick Hughes and Mark Hillen using drones to capture the aerial images
Armagh: Flooding pictures taken by Patrick Hughes and Mark Hillen using drones to capture the aerial images
Benurb: Flooding pictures taken by Patrick Hughes and Mark Hillen using drones to capture the aerial images
A cottage is cut off by the flood
Farmer Roy Allen stands in one of his fields
Flooding near Portadown
An aerial picture reveals the extent of flooding around the farm at Lough Neagh
© Press Eye - Belfast - 6th January 2016. Severe flooding at the Woodgrove development on Portadown's Ashgrove Road. Photo by TONY HENDRON/Presseye.
Sinking feeling: the Maghery club in Armagh has been hit hard by recent downpours and flooding, with large parts of their property submerged in water and sewage also causing a real problem
Lough Neagh's Kinnego Marina in Craigavon is submerged last week
Flooded fields near Dungannon, an area affected by high water levels in Lough Neagh
Flooded fields near Dungannon, which was among the areas affected by the rising water levels in Lough Neagh
Stranded cars near Armagh
The Island Road in Portadown
Gerry Hagan, from the Rivers Agency, operates a pump at the home of Jimmy Quinn from Derrytresk, near Dungannon
© Press Eye - Belfast - 6th January 2016. Business' flooded at Kinnego Marina, Craigavon as Lough Neagh rises. Even the Coastguard station at Kinnego was flooded. Photo by TONY HENDRON/Presseye.
© Press Eye - Belfast - 6th January 2016. Business' flooded at Kinnego Marina, Craigavon as Lough Neagh rises. Photo by TONY HENDRON/Presseye.
© Press Eye - Belfast - 6th January 2016. Business' flooded at Kinnego Marina, Craigavon as Lough Neagh rises. Paul Quinn of South Shore Marine ferries more sandbags to stem the rising water. Photo by TONY HENDRON/Presseye.
Sinking feeling: the Maghery club in Armagh has been hit hard by recent downpours and flooding, with large parts of their property submerged in water and sewage also causing a real problem

Here we go again...the Met Office has issued a severe weather warning for rain in Northern Ireland.

Parts of the province are still badly flooded after weeks of persistent rain.

A new 'yellow' alert affects counties Armagh and Down overnight on Thursday, until 8am on Friday morning.

"Outbreaks of rain will become persistent and heavy overnight and into the early part of Friday morning," says the Met Office.

"With ground conditions becoming more saturated again, there is a risk of localised flooding. Drivers should be aware of some difficult driving conditions due to standing water and spray."

Ulster Unionist Jo-Anne Dobson said last week that part of the Upper Bann constituency had effectively become an extension of Lough Neagh.

The MLA said some homes and businesses in The Birches area of Portadown had been underwater for three or four weeks.

The Met Office Chief Forecaster said: "An active frontal system will cross Northern Ireland on Thursday night, bringing a spell of rain to all parts.

"The rain will be heaviest over South Down especially over high ground facing the strong to gale force south to southeasterly winds. Here, 20-30mm will fall quite widely with over 40mm possible in the Mountains of Mourne. The rain will clear to the east by daybreak on Friday."

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