Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 20 August 2014

Severe flooding in Northern Ireland

There was flooding misery last night as heavy rain and strong winds battered Northern Ireland.

Fermanagh was worst hit suffering its 32nd successive day of rain yesterday across the county.

Part of the main road from Enniskillen to Dublin was closed between Belnaleck and Derrylin at Thompson’s Bridge.

Meanwhile a diversion was put in place between Belnaleck and Derrylin via Fivepoints and Kinawley.

Tractors were used to keep Killyhommon primary school in Boho open after flooding stopped teachers from getting to work and also used to ferry school meals to Killyhommon Primary in Boho.

There have been 32 consecutive days of rain in Co Fermanagh, twice the average rainfall for a winter month.

Fermanagh mayor Bertie Kerr said the flooding was “unbelievable”.

“The land is all flooded, crops ruined, the roads are badly hit too, around Brookborough they are impassable,” he said.

“We have never seen anything like it.”

Fallen trees caused chaos as roads were closed including Broughton Gardens in east Belfast.

Flooding also affected south Antrim where police issued warnings about the Airport Road between Glenavy and Crumlin, the Belfast Road between Templepatrick and Antrim and the Crumlin Road in Glenavy.

Londonderry was affected with a powercut in the Waterside area of the city mainly affecting the area including the Glenshane Road, Irish Street, Woodburn Park and the Dungiven Road. There were further reports of flooding in Cookstown, Magherafelt, Lisburn and on the road from Newtownards to Portaferry in Co Down.

Police have advised motorists to exercise caution on the roads, reduce speed, use the appropriate lighting and take extreme care at all times.

NI Water said it has put plans in place to cope with the flooding including mobilising staff throughout Northern Ireland, checking drainage and attending pumping stations, liaising closely with the Roads Service and Rivers Agency as well as alerting customer service staff to additional phone calls.

Its waterline phone number is 08457 440 088.

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