Fermanagh deluged as rain storms wreak havoc throughout the UK
Residents in Fermanagh are preparing themselves for further misery after a weekend of major disruption caused by the worst floods in years.
Another day of heavy rain yesterday did little to reduce the rising levels of water that have saturated parts of the county.
There has now been 34 days of continuous rainfall, leading to several homes being cut off and causing disruption for motorists.
Several roads remained impassable over the weekend, including the B127 Newbridge Road from Lisnaskea at the Share Centre, the B36 Dernawilt Road at Killyfole and the C436 Inishmore Road at Inishmore.
Yesterday fields close to Tamlaght on the main Enniskillen to Fivemiletown Road had been turned into swimming pools while the road to Boho, one of the worst affected areas, was also blocked by huge pools of water.
James Gilligan, a farmer in the area, has seen his fields disappear under the rising water.
“It has been a long time since we’ve seen anything near as bad as this. The rain just keeps on coming and there’s nowhere for the water to go,” he said.
The chairman of Fermanagh District Council, Bertie Kerr, said: “I’ve never seen as worse flooding and it’s getting no better.
“Lough Erne is about two feet over its normal level while Lough Melvin has come within three feet of the road in places.”
Jean McVitty, a member of Lisnaskea Chamber of Commerce, has been flooded in at her Drumany farm near Lisnaskea since Wednesday.
Mrs McVitty’s property is wedged between Lough Erne and the Colebrooke River.
Her car was damaged by deep flood waters after the river burst its banks.
She has been unable to get to work in Enniskillen. In addition, the milk collection tanker cannot get to the farm to collect milk from the cows.
“I have lived here for 46 years and I have never seen water like this,” she said.