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Where was the preparation? SDLP's Eastwood hits out at flooding response

Fire service attend 60 incidents - trapped people rescued from cars in flood waters

By Jonathan Bell

Statutory agencies have questions to answer over their reaction to flash floods which hit many parts of Northern Ireland.

That was the response of SDLP leader Column Eastwood who asked where the preparation was ahead of the deluge.

Flash flooding hit many parts of Northern Ireland as the Met Office extended its weather warning across the country.

Many parts of the North West have been hit with severe heavy downpours leading to flooding.

SDLP leader Colum Eastwood said: "Shocking flooding tonight. Families and businesses struggling to cope and big questions for statutory agencies. Where was the preparation?"

Derry City and Strabane councillor Graham Warke issued a plea to people to help residents gardens were left submerged in Primity Gardens in the Newbuildings area. He called for sandbags to be sent to a nearby care home.

Driving conditions were horrendous with many motorists having to abandon their vehicles. Foyle Arena was opened as a rest centre due to number of motorists stranded by floods in Derry.

Thousands of homes have also been left without power and an Armagh swimming pool had to close because of the flooding.

The Fire and Rescie Service said it dealt with 60 incidents, mainly in the west related to flooding - in some cases people had to be rescued from their cars.

Police issued warnings to motorists to exercise care due to hazardous driving conditions.

A spokesman for NIE said 3,000 homes were without power at around 8.45pm on Tuesday after lightning struck transformers in Ballymena, Ballymoney, Lisburn and Campsie.

The affected homes were spread sporadically throughout Northern Ireland with no one area particularly affected. Engineers were sent to repair the damage.

While in Armagh, the Orchard Leisure Centre closed due to heavy flooding.

The Met Office extended a yellow warning for right for right across Northern Ireland until 2am on Wednesday.

Wednesday looks set to be dry with sunny spells and highs of 19 degrees.

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