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Roads flooded as Fermanagh hit by more torrential rain

Published 03/12/2009 | 06:36

PACEMAKER BELFAST  25/11/09Sever flooding in Co Fermanagh from the air. Farm land and out buildings were worst affected in this area.Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker
PACEMAKER BELFAST 25/11/09Sever flooding in Co Fermanagh from the air. Farm land and out buildings were worst affected in this area.Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker
Flooding in Co Fermanagh November 2009
Flooding in Co Fermanagh November 2009
Flooding in Co Fermanagh November 2009
Flooding in Co Fermanagh November 2009
Flooding in County Fermanagh November 2009
Flooding in County Fermanagh November 2009
Flooding in Co Fermanagh November 2009
Flooding in County Fermanagh November 2009
Flooding in County Fermanagh November 2009
Flooding in County Fermanagh November 2009
It might look like a lake but this is a town centre road in Enniskillen
Minister Michelle Gildernew arrives by boat at the Erneside Shopping Centre
Vehicles battling through the floods in Lisnaskea
Local people using alternative transport to get through flooded roads at the Erneside Shopping centre
Staff at the Share Centre, Irelands' Largest Residential Outdoor Activity Centre based in Smiths Strand, Lisnaskea on the edge of Upper Lough Erne, pictured rowing through the reception area
A stranded driver at the Erneside Shopping centre
A Rivers Agency worker helps a stranded driver at the Erneside Shopping centre on the edge of Upper Lough Erne after heavy rain has caused major flooding in the area - The level of Lough Erne is the highest on record after days of heavy rain caused widespread flooding and disruption in County Fermanagh
A Rivers Agency worker using sandbags and waterpumps to stop a river overflowing at the Erneside Shopping centre on the edge of Upper Lough Erne after heavy rain has caused major flooding in the area - The level of Lough Erne is the highest on record after days of heavy rain caused widespread flooding and disruption in County Fermanagh
Chris McHugh with his son Jacob aged 14 months, on the flooded Samsonagh road near his home in Co Fermanagh
A farmer on the flooded Samsonagh road near Co Fermanagh
A school bus from Killyhommon Primary School, Co Fermanagh, makes its way through a flooded road
Rescue personnel conduct a door to door search for trapped people in the High St of Cockermouth
Flooding in County Fermanagh November 2009

Roads in Fermanagh were under water yesterday as torrential rainfall brought renewed flooding chaos to the county.

Heavy downpours have left vast areas saturated, and yesterday three main roads remained impassable by car after more downpours.

At Lough Erne, which was at its highest recorded level last Friday, the water has dropped by less than a foot in the last five days.

People are still using tractors and jeeps to commute to work and take children to school.

According to Roads Service, parts of the B127 Newbridge Road, the B533 Wattlebridge Road at Derrykerrib and C436 Inishmore Road could not be passed by cars yesterday.

Minor roads under water included the Derrychara Link near Enniskillen and Glenasheevar Road at Beagh.

In Lisnaskea the Rossmacole Road, Kinmore Road, Drumcon Road, Rossmacaffrey Road, Kilmore Road and Derryadd Road were also badly affected.

Meanwhile in Newtownbutler the Ballyhoe Road and Inver Road were also under water.

Many people in the county are still suffering the aftermath of the floods. They include Tom Leonard, who runs a marine business at Carrybridge near Lisbellaw.

His workshop was flooded and it could be several weeks before he is back to normal.

“This is likely to leave us out of pocket. It is the people on the ground like us who have been left to pick up the pieces,” he said.

First Minister Peter Robinson visited three of the flood-hit areas during a visit to Fermanagh at the weekend, and he is due to raise the issue at today’s Executive meeting.

A telephone conference is also being held by representatives from Fermanagh council and the Rivers Agency and Roads Service to discuss how to deal with the flooding.

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