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Storm Desmond: 26 people rescued in Northern Ireland as floods and high winds cause havoc

Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service called out to 37 incidents of flooding

Published 07/12/2015

Motorists struggle through Storm Desmond floods in Glenavy, Co Antrim
Pic Colm Lenaghan/ Pacemaker
Motorists struggle through Storm Desmond floods in Glenavy, Co Antrim Pic Colm Lenaghan/ Pacemaker
Pacemaker Press 4/12/2015 Motorists struggle threw floods in Glenavy, Co Antrim. Warnings for heavy rain and strong winds have been issued as Storm Desmond is to hit across Northern Ireland and the Republic this weekend. Pic Colm Lenaghan/ Pacemaker
Pacemaker Press 4/12/2015 Motorists struggle threw floods in Glenavy, Co Antrim. Warnings for heavy rain and strong winds have been issued as Storm Desmond is to hit across Northern Ireland and the Republic this weekend. Pic Colm Lenaghan/ Pacemaker
Pacemaker Press 4/12/2015 Motorists struggle threw floods in Glenavy, Co Antrim. Warnings for heavy rain and strong winds have been issued as Storm Desmond is to hit across Northern Ireland and the Republic this weekend. Pic Colm Lenaghan/ Pacemaker
Rescue workers help a lady and her dog in Carlisle after heavy rain from Storm Desmond tore through Britain
Carlisle suffered with some of the worst flooding
Two youths dive into the sea at Salthill in a video that has been viewed online over a million times
A driver abandons his stricken car near Maguiresbridge
Flooding in Co Tyrone on Sunday after Storm Desmond brought sustained periods of heavy rainfall to Northern Ireland. Pic: Martin McKeown.
Flooding in Co Tyrone on Sunday after Storm Desmond brought sustained periods of heavy rainfall to Northern Ireland. Pic: Martin McKeown.
Flooding in Co Tyrone on Sunday after Storm Desmond brought sustained periods of heavy rainfall to Northern Ireland. Pic: Martin McKeown.
Flooding in Co Tyrone on Sunday after Storm Desmond brought sustained periods of heavy rainfall to Northern Ireland. Pic: Martin McKeown.
The Boudoir designer boutique in Dungannon which was damaged by flooding during Storm Desmond. Pic: Matt Mackey/Press Eye.
Anita Ross at the Boudoir designer boutique in Dungannon which was flooded during Storm Desmond. Pic: Matt Mackey/Press Eye.
The Boudoir designer boutique in Dungannon which was damaged by flooding during Storm Desmond. Pic: Matt Mackey/Press Eye.
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Emergency workers use a boat in floodwater on Warwick Road in Carlisle, after heavy rain from Storm Desmond tore through Britain, bringing strong winds and heavy rain which caused Cumbria to declare a major incident. Owen Humphreys/PA Wire.
Emergency workers use a boat in floodwater on Warwick Road in Carlisle to rescue a resident
Flooded roads in Appleby in Cumbria, as Storm Desmond hit the UK
Motorists struggle through floods in Glenavy, Co Antrim, amid warnings of heavy rain and strong winds as Storm Desmond arrives in Northern Ireland this weekend
Motorists struggle through floods in Glenavy, Co Antrim, amid warnings of heavy rain and strong winds as Storm Desmond arrives in Northern Ireland this weekend
Motorists struggle through floods in Glenavy, Co Antrim, amid warnings of heavy rain and strong winds as Storm Desmond arrives in Northern Ireland this weekend

Twenty-six people had to be rescued as they became trapped due to the adverse weather conditions in Northern Ireland over the weekend.

It comes as the Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service dealt with 37 incidents of flooding.

A major clear-up operation is underway following the destruction caused by Storm Desmond.

Several roads remain closed across Northern Ireland.

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On Monday afternoon the Met Office removed their yellow warning for heavy rain. Forecasters had place an alert between 1pm and 6pm on Monday covering counties Antrim, Fermanagh, Londonderry and Tyrone.

But while it will remain wet - rain will spread eastwards across Northern Ireland before clearing in the late afternoon, early evening.

The Boudoir is OPEN for business as usual!! Thank you so much for all the messages - it has been a stressful 24hrs but...

Posted by The Boudoir on Monday, 7 December 2015

While Monday's rain was not expected to be as heavy as in recent days, forecasters warned of potential flooding and disruption to transport.

The PSNI in Dungannon tweeted a photograph of a car which became stuck as a result of floods.

Officers tweeted: "Unfortunately a number of vehicles drove past a road closed sign".

Stores at the Linen Green complex, one of Northern Ireland's most sought after retail developments, were left devastated as damage to their stock was collectively estimated to reach millions.

Linen Green's management was unable to put an estimate on the damage. Anita Ross, co-owner of The Boudoir, described the floods as devastating and said she believed she had lost £100,000 of stock.

"We are left that we can't get that stock replaced because manufacturers have stopped production at this late stage, three weeks to Christmas. We won't be able to replace it and will be left out of pocket, there is no way we can make up those sales.

"It is completely devastating. It has left everybody in limbo. The support of the customers and retailers has been fantastic to try to come together and do the best we can. Lessons have to be learned and we need to find out why this happened. I have been there six years and we never had a flood of this magnitude before - we need to make sure it doesn't happen again."

But on Monday the owners of The Boudoir posted on their Facebook page that the shop had reopened.

It said: "The Boudoir is OPEN for business as usual.

"Thank you so much for all the messages - it has been a stressful 24hrs but the support of our customers has been overwhelming!!!! Thanks so much!".

Among the worst reported incidents was a housing estate in Strabane where ten people had to be rescued from their homes.

Meanwhile a firefighter involved in the localised flooding response received minor injuiries.

Northern Ireland Assistant Chief Fire Officer Alan Walmsley said: “Firefighters used ladders to bring the residence to safety as well as the assistance of sleds to move the residents to dry land.

“Firefighters were also involved in a long operation in Lisnaskea where the NIFRS High Volume Pumping Units were used to pump water and prevent further flooding.

“The weather forecast is to improve from the previous 24 hours, so hopefully things will stabilise. Motorists are advised there are large areas of standing water resulting in some roads being impassable.

"Please take care when driving and do not travel on roads affected by the recent adverse weather.”

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