Belfast Telegraph

Fermanagh braced for even more downpours

By Lesley Houston

Parts of Fermanagh face up to 10mm of rain today, according to forecasters, prompting warnings of further flooding in the county.

The Rivers Agency warned the wet weather would cause Upper Lough Erne to spill over even further following the havoc wrought by Storm Desmond.

It said the River Blackwater, which flows through Armagh and Tyrone, had reached levels not seen for 45 years.

The agency warned pedestrians and motorists to avoid travelling through flooded areas following the closure of 20 roads.

Forecaster MeteoGroup last night confirmed eight millimetres of rain fell yesterday in parts of Fermanagh, and warned 10mm could fall today.

The advice followed yesterday's yellow weather warning for parts of Fermanagh, Londonderry and Armagh, where several roads were obstructed by floodwaters.

David Porter, chief executive of the Rivers Agency, said the agency and the Republic's Electricity Supply Board were working to control water levels in Lough Erne.

"A combination of generation and spilling at the hydroelectric power stations at Cliff and Ballyshannon in Donegal is ongoing to ensure that water can leave the Erne system as quickly as it can flow down to the dams," he added.

"It should, however, be recognised that heavy rain can result in a greater inflow than can possibly be dealt with, even when spilling is in progress."

He said the Blackwater was at its "highest recorded level in 45 years but has now peaked".

A number of roads in Co Armagh were closed yesterday because of flooding, including the A29 Armagh Road in Charlemont and the Ballycullen Road, as well as the Artasooly Road near Benburb. Flooding also made the Moy Road, Corrigan Hill Road and Aghinlig Road impassable for some time.

The Met Office said blustery showers were expected to continue today, mixed with sunshine, though hail is expected in some areas, including the north coast.

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