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Northern Ireland weather alert with heavy rain adding to deluge misery

By Linda Stewart

Published 05/01/2016

A motorist drives through floodwater near Moneyrea, Co Down
A motorist drives through floodwater near Moneyrea, Co Down
Roselawn Cemetery in Belfast was closed due to flooding
A child takes photographs in Ballyclare
A park bench surrounded by floodwater as a heron preys on passing fish after Six Mile Water River burst its banks

More heavy rain is set to deluge Northern Ireland as the Met Office issued another severe weather warning for later this week.

Up to 40mm could fall within a six to nine-hour period, with a risk of flooding and disruption to transport, forecasters say.

Yellow warnings of rain - meaning 'be aware' - are in place for tomorrow evening and Thursday morning.

"An active frontal system is expected to cross Northern Ireland from the west on Wednesday night accompanied by a band of heavy rain," a Met Office spokesman said.

"There remains uncertainty in the exact timing of this frontal system, hence this warning is likely to be updated in coming days as later information becomes available."

"A band of heavy rain is likely to move across Northern Ireland from the west on Wednesday night, clearing away eastwards on Thursday morning - 15-30mm of rain is likely to fall quite widely within a six to nine-hour period, perhaps with as much as 40mm on high ground.

"With the ground already being saturated, please be aware of the risk of local flooding and possible disruption to transport."

Parts of counties Antrim and Down saw close to 20mm of rain yesterday as another front brought slow-moving downpours.

Last night Goragh Road, Newry, was closed and diversions put in place after flooding at three locations along the road.

And the A1's southbound carriageway was closed at Gowdystown between Dromore and Banbridge. A contraflow system was in place last night.

Meanwhile, Killylane near Ballyclare saw 16mm of rainfall between 6am yesterday and midday, forecasters MeteoGroup said. MeteoGroup's Andy Ratcliffe said more heavy and persistent rain is expected to arrive over the province tomorrow.

Yesterday the banks of the Six Mile Water River burst in Ballyclare and Belfast City Council warned that Roselawn Cemetery had closed because of flooding at the entrance.

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A number of roads remained closed across Northern Ireland due to floodwater, including many in Co Fermanagh and Co Armagh.

Water level at Belleisle in Upper Lough Erne yesterday was 157ft 7ins, which is three inches below this winter's peak and nine inches below its 2009 peak.

Drumanure Road near Derrygonnelly will remain closed for at least another week as a culvert has collapsed, while New Line Road, Rathfriland, was also closed because of collapse.

The A20 Portaferry Road near Newtownards remains closed between Finlays Road and Mount Stewart Road through undermining of the carriageway by seawater, but repairs are ongoing.

Roads round Loughgall were closed because of high water levels in the Callan River.

The Rivers Agency has warned that water levels in the River Blackwater to the west of the Callan River are expected to rise.

The Weather Channel predicted next week's temperatures would be below normal and there would be overnight frosts, ice and snow showers.

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