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Many areas of Tyrone were under water on Tuesday morning as this picture, near Fintona, has captured.

Many areas of Tyrone were under water on Tuesday morning as this picture, near Fintona, has captured.

Heavy rain causing flooding across Northern Ireland.  Local residents work to clear the water from Beragh Red Knights GAA Club which was badly flooded after the local river burst it's banks in the Co. Tyrone town.

Heavy rain causing flooding across Northern Ireland. Local residents work to clear the water from Beragh Red Knights GAA Club which was badly flooded after the local river burst it's banks in the Co. Tyrone town.

Jonathan Porter

Heavy rain causing flooding across Northern Ireland.  Local residents work to clear the water from Beragh Red Knights GAA Club which was badly flooded after the local river burst it's banks in the Co. Tyrone town.

Heavy rain causing flooding across Northern Ireland. Local residents work to clear the water from Beragh Red Knights GAA Club which was badly flooded after the local river burst it's banks in the Co. Tyrone town.

Jonathan Porter

Heavy rain causing flooding across Northern Ireland.  Local residents work to clear the water from Beragh Red Knights GAA Club which was badly flooded after the local river burst it's banks in the Co. Tyrone town.

Heavy rain causing flooding across Northern Ireland. Local residents work to clear the water from Beragh Red Knights GAA Club which was badly flooded after the local river burst it's banks in the Co. Tyrone town.

Jonathan Porter

Heavy rain causing flooding across Northern Ireland.  Local residents work to clear the water from Beragh Red Knights GAA Club which was badly flooded after the local river burst it's banks in the Co. Tyrone town.

Heavy rain causing flooding across Northern Ireland. Local residents work to clear the water from Beragh Red Knights GAA Club which was badly flooded after the local river burst it's banks in the Co. Tyrone town.

Jonathan Porter

Some of the eight weeks old pigs which were saved from drowning at Andrew Maxwell's farm outsude Clady County Tyrone. Picture Martin McKeown. Inpresspics.com.

Some of the eight weeks old pigs which were saved from drowning at Andrew Maxwell's farm outsude Clady County Tyrone. Picture Martin McKeown. Inpresspics.com.

Andrew Maxwell from outside Clady, County Tyrone with one of the eight weeks old pigs which where saved from drowing. Picture Martin McKeown. Inpresspics.com. 25.10.11

Andrew Maxwell from outside Clady, County Tyrone with one of the eight weeks old pigs which where saved from drowing. Picture Martin McKeown. Inpresspics.com. 25.10.11

Heavy rain causing flooding across Northern Ireland.  Environment Minister Alex Attwood pictured with Jeffrey Irwin whose house was flooded after the river burst it's banks in Beragh, Co. Tyrone.

Heavy rain causing flooding across Northern Ireland. Environment Minister Alex Attwood pictured with Jeffrey Irwin whose house was flooded after the river burst it's banks in Beragh, Co. Tyrone.

Jonathan Porter

Heavy rain causing flooding across Northern Ireland.  Local residents work to clear the water from Beragh Red Knights GAA Club which was badly flooded after the local river burst it's banks in the Co. Tyrone town.

Heavy rain causing flooding across Northern Ireland. Local residents work to clear the water from Beragh Red Knights GAA Club which was badly flooded after the local river burst it's banks in the Co. Tyrone town.

Jonathan Porter

Heavy rain causing flooding across Northern Ireland.  Environment Minister Alex Attwood (left) pictured in Eliane Moses' (right) house which was flooded after the river burst it's banks in Beragh, Co. Tyrone

Heavy rain causing flooding across Northern Ireland. Environment Minister Alex Attwood (left) pictured in Eliane Moses' (right) house which was flooded after the river burst it's banks in Beragh, Co. Tyrone

Jonathan Porter

Heavy rain causing flooding across Northern Ireland.  Local residents work to clear the water from Beragh Red Knights GAA Club which was badly flooded after the local river burst it's banks in the Co. Tyrone town.

Heavy rain causing flooding across Northern Ireland. Local residents work to clear the water from Beragh Red Knights GAA Club which was badly flooded after the local river burst it's banks in the Co. Tyrone town.

Jonathan Porter

Local residents work to clear the water from Beragh Red Knights GAA Club which was badly flooded after the local river burst it's banks in the Co. Tyrone town.

Local residents work to clear the water from Beragh Red Knights GAA Club which was badly flooded after the local river burst it's banks in the Co. Tyrone town.

Jonathan Porter

Outside the County Down Village of Mayobridge  two young children  make their way home in the terrible weather conditions.

Outside the County Down Village of Mayobridge two young children make their way home in the terrible weather conditions.

Press Eye , Belfast, Northern Ireland, - 23rd October 2011 - Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye Motorists driving through floods at Glenavy Road, Moira this evening after a day of heavy rain.

Press Eye , Belfast, Northern Ireland, - 23rd October 2011 - Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye Motorists driving through floods at Glenavy Road, Moira this evening after a day of heavy rain.

In the County Down Village of Mayobridge children  make their way home in the terrible weather conditions

In the County Down Village of Mayobridge children make their way home in the terrible weather conditions

In the County Down Village of Mayobridge children  make their way home in the terrible weather conditions

In the County Down Village of Mayobridge children make their way home in the terrible weather conditions

Press Eye , Belfast, Northern Ireland, - 23rd October 2011 - Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye Motorists driving through floods at Glenavy Road, Moira this evening after a day of heavy rain.

Press Eye , Belfast, Northern Ireland, - 23rd October 2011 - Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye Motorists driving through floods at Glenavy Road, Moira this evening after a day of heavy rain.

Press Eye , Belfast, Northern Ireland, - 23rd October 2011 - Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye Motorists driving through floods at Glenavy Road, Moira this evening after a day of heavy rain.

Press Eye , Belfast, Northern Ireland, - 23rd October 2011 - Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye Motorists driving through floods at Glenavy Road, Moira this evening after a day of heavy rain.

Press Eye , Belfast, Northern Ireland, - 23rd October 2011 - Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye Motorists driving through floods at Station Road, Moira this evening after a day of heavy rain.

Press Eye , Belfast, Northern Ireland, - 23rd October 2011 - Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye Motorists driving through floods at Station Road, Moira this evening after a day of heavy rain.

Press Eye , Belfast, Northern Ireland, - 23rd October 2011 - Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye Motorists driving through floods at Glenavy Road, Moira this evening after a day of heavy rain.

Press Eye , Belfast, Northern Ireland, - 23rd October 2011 - Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye Motorists driving through floods at Glenavy Road, Moira this evening after a day of heavy rain.

©Press Eye Ltd Northern Ireland - 23rd October  2011 Mandatory Credit - Photo-Jonathan Porter/Presseye.  Heavy rain and stormy weather across Northern Ireland.  Shoppers in Belfast City Centre.

©Press Eye Ltd Northern Ireland - 23rd October 2011 Mandatory Credit - Photo-Jonathan Porter/Presseye. Heavy rain and stormy weather across Northern Ireland. Shoppers in Belfast City Centre.

Jonathan Porter

©Press Eye Ltd Northern Ireland - 23rd October  2011 Mandatory Credit - Photo-Jonathan Porter/Presseye.  Heavy rain and stormy weather across Northern Ireland.  Shoppers in Belfast City Centre.

©Press Eye Ltd Northern Ireland - 23rd October 2011 Mandatory Credit - Photo-Jonathan Porter/Presseye. Heavy rain and stormy weather across Northern Ireland. Shoppers in Belfast City Centre.

Jonathan Porter

©Press Eye Ltd Northern Ireland - 23rd October  2011 Mandatory Credit - Photo-Jonathan Porter/Presseye.  Heavy rain and stormy weather across Northern Ireland.  Shoppers in Belfast City Centre.

©Press Eye Ltd Northern Ireland - 23rd October 2011 Mandatory Credit - Photo-Jonathan Porter/Presseye. Heavy rain and stormy weather across Northern Ireland. Shoppers in Belfast City Centre.

Jonathan Porter

©Press Eye Ltd Northern Ireland - 23rd October  2011 Mandatory Credit - Photo-Jonathan Porter/Presseye.  Heavy rain and stormy weather across Northern Ireland.  Shoppers in Belfast City Centre.

©Press Eye Ltd Northern Ireland - 23rd October 2011 Mandatory Credit - Photo-Jonathan Porter/Presseye. Heavy rain and stormy weather across Northern Ireland. Shoppers in Belfast City Centre.

Jonathan Porter

©Press Eye Ltd Northern Ireland - 23rd October  2011 Mandatory Credit - Photo-Jonathan Porter/Presseye.  Heavy rain and stormy weather across Northern Ireland.  Tourists in Belfast City Centre.

©Press Eye Ltd Northern Ireland - 23rd October 2011 Mandatory Credit - Photo-Jonathan Porter/Presseye. Heavy rain and stormy weather across Northern Ireland. Tourists in Belfast City Centre.

Jonathan Porter

©Press Eye Ltd Northern Ireland - 23rd October  2011 Mandatory Credit - Photo-Jonathan Porter/Presseye.  Heavy rain and stormy weather across Northern Ireland.  Tourists in Belfast City Centre.

©Press Eye Ltd Northern Ireland - 23rd October 2011 Mandatory Credit - Photo-Jonathan Porter/Presseye. Heavy rain and stormy weather across Northern Ireland. Tourists in Belfast City Centre.

Jonathan Porter

©Press Eye Ltd Northern Ireland - 23rd October  2011 Mandatory Credit - Photo-Jonathan Porter/Presseye.  Heavy rain and stormy weather across Northern Ireland.  Shoppers in Belfast City Centre.

©Press Eye Ltd Northern Ireland - 23rd October 2011 Mandatory Credit - Photo-Jonathan Porter/Presseye. Heavy rain and stormy weather across Northern Ireland. Shoppers in Belfast City Centre.

Jonathan Porter

©Press Eye Ltd Northern Ireland - 23rd October  2011 Mandatory Credit - Photo-Jonathan Porter/Presseye.  Heavy rain and stormy weather across Northern Ireland.  Shoppers in Belfast City Centre.

©Press Eye Ltd Northern Ireland - 23rd October 2011 Mandatory Credit - Photo-Jonathan Porter/Presseye. Heavy rain and stormy weather across Northern Ireland. Shoppers in Belfast City Centre.

Jonathan Porter

Presseye Ltd Northern Ireland 23rd October 2011Mandatory Credit - Photograph by Declan Roughan / PresseyeDad Edward and Jude Burns get caught in the rain yesterday

Presseye Ltd Northern Ireland 23rd October 2011Mandatory Credit - Photograph by Declan Roughan / PresseyeDad Edward and Jude Burns get caught in the rain yesterday

Declan Roughan

©Press Eye Ltd Northern Ireland-23rd October 2011 Credit - Picture by Russell Pritchard/Presseye.comTyrone SFC Final : Clonoe O'Rahilly's vs Dromore at Healy Park, Omagh©Russell Pritchard / Presseye

©Press Eye Ltd Northern Ireland-23rd October 2011 Credit - Picture by Russell Pritchard/Presseye.comTyrone SFC Final : Clonoe O'Rahilly's vs Dromore at Healy Park, Omagh©Russell Pritchard / Presseye

©Russell Pritchard / Presseye

©Press Eye Ltd Northern Ireland-23rd October 2011 Credit - Picture by Russell Pritchard/Presseye.comTyrone SFC Final : Clonoe O'Rahilly's vs Dromore at Healy Park, Omagh©Russell Pritchard / Presseye

©Press Eye Ltd Northern Ireland-23rd October 2011 Credit - Picture by Russell Pritchard/Presseye.comTyrone SFC Final : Clonoe O'Rahilly's vs Dromore at Healy Park, Omagh©Russell Pritchard / Presseye

©Russell Pritchard / Presseye

<b>FLASHBACK - memorable moments brought to you by Ulster's wild weather</B>

<b>FLASHBACK - memorable moments brought to you by Ulster's wild weather</B>

William Cherry/Presseye

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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 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 County Fermanagh November 2009

Flooding in County 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

John McVitty

Flooding in County Fermanagh November 2009

Flooding in County Fermanagh November 2009

John McVitty

Flooding in County Fermanagh November 2009

Flooding in County Fermanagh November 2009

John McVitty

It might look like a lake but this is a town centre road in Enniskillen

It might look like a lake but this is a town centre road in Enniskillen

JUSTIN KERNOGHAN

Minister Michelle Gildernew arrives by boat at the Erneside Shopping Centre

Minister Michelle Gildernew arrives by boat at the Erneside Shopping Centre

Vehicles battling through the floods in Lisnaskea

Vehicles battling through the floods in Lisnaskea

JUSTIN KERNOGHAN

Local people using alternative transport to get through flooded roads at the Erneside Shopping centre

Local people using alternative transport to get through flooded roads at the Erneside Shopping centre

JUSTIN KERNOGHAN

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

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

JUSTIN KERNOGHAN

A stranded driver at the Erneside Shopping centre

A stranded driver at the Erneside Shopping centre

JUSTIN KERNOGHAN

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 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

JUSTIN KERNOGHAN

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

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

JUSTIN KERNOGHAN

Chris McHugh with his son Jacob aged 14 months, on the flooded Samsonagh road near his home in Co 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 farmer on the flooded Samsonagh road near Co Fermanagh

Paul Faith

A school bus from Killyhommon Primary School, Co Fermanagh, makes its way through a flooded road

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

Rescue personnel conduct a door to door search for trapped people in the High St of Cockermouth

Cars abandoned on the Glenshane Pass this morning. Picture Martin McKeown. 31.3.10

Cars abandoned on the Glenshane Pass this morning. Picture Martin McKeown. 31.3.10

A car which was involved in an accident on the Glenshane Pass on   as heavy snow played havoc on the roads in teh North West.  30.3.10

A car which was involved in an accident on the Glenshane Pass on as heavy snow played havoc on the roads in teh North West. 30.3.10

Workmen push their van after getting stuck in snow on the Glenshane Pass.. 30.3.10

Workmen push their van after getting stuck in snow on the Glenshane Pass.. 30.3.10

Rain and wind 'battered' early morning shoppers in Belfast's city centre

Rain and wind 'battered' early morning shoppers in Belfast's city centre

A snowplough tows a lorry on the Glenshane Pass.  30.3.10

A snowplough tows a lorry on the Glenshane Pass. 30.3.10

The grounds around Stormont started to flood during the bad weather

The grounds around Stormont started to flood during the bad weather

William Cherry/Presseye

Heavy rain and snow effect various parts of Northern Ireland.  The banks of the River Lagan at Drumbeg overflow due to the heavy rain. March 31 2010

Heavy rain and snow effect various parts of Northern Ireland. The banks of the River Lagan at Drumbeg overflow due to the heavy rain. March 31 2010

A car drives through flooded roads on the outskirts of Ballymena, Co Antrim

A car drives through flooded roads on the outskirts of Ballymena, Co Antrim

Paul Faith

River moyola tobermore. picture submitted by Rod Mulholand.Tobermore. 30.03.2010

River moyola tobermore. picture submitted by Rod Mulholand.Tobermore. 30.03.2010

Heavy rain and wind in Belfast

Heavy rain and wind in Belfast

A woman walks across the M3 in heavy snow in Cavan

A woman walks across the M3 in heavy snow in Cavan

Niall Carson

A delivery man works in heavy snow in Cavan town

A delivery man works in heavy snow in Cavan town

Niall Carson

A woman walks through heavy snow in Cavan

A woman walks through heavy snow in Cavan

Niall Carson

&lt;b&gt;Belfast Telegraph readers' pics of winter weather: &lt;/b&gt;Icy Waterfall on January 11. By  Katie S., Killarney National Park

<b>Belfast Telegraph readers' pics of winter weather: </b>Icy Waterfall on January 11. By Katie S., Killarney National Park

Snowy Fence around Ballymena. By Barry Lau - Ballymena

Snowy Fence around Ballymena. By Barry Lau - Ballymena

RIVER BANN,BALLYDOWN,BANBRIDGE, BY STEPHEN McDOWELL

RIVER BANN,BALLYDOWN,BANBRIDGE, BY STEPHEN McDOWELL

&lt;b&gt;Gallery of Belfast Telegraph readers' snow pictures &lt;/b&gt;Castle Gardens, Lisburn. By Tom Porter

<b>Gallery of Belfast Telegraph readers' snow pictures </b>Castle Gardens, Lisburn. By Tom Porter

A Winter Sun In Lisburn. By Tom Porter

A Winter Sun In Lisburn. By Tom Porter

Beautiful trees on divis mountains. By Pauline

Beautiful trees on divis mountains. By Pauline

Entrance to Belvoir. By Des Meredith at Belvoir

Entrance to Belvoir. By Des Meredith at Belvoir

belvoir forest park. By fiona donnan  belfast

belvoir forest park. By fiona donnan  belfast

Lisburn's Winter Wonderland. By Tom, Lisburn

Lisburn's Winter Wonderland. By Tom, Lisburn

Mourne Mountains. By John Mitchell, Belfast

Mourne Mountains. By John Mitchell, Belfast

Wallace Park, Lisburn. By Tom, Lisburn

Wallace Park, Lisburn. By Tom, Lisburn

Strule Bridge. By Stevie, Omagh

Strule Bridge. By Stevie, Omagh

Angela Eadie &amp; her daughters having fun in the snow.

Angela Eadie & her daughters having fun in the snow.

Cycling like madman on Sunday. By Lawrence Smith , Cavehill

Cycling like madman on Sunday. By Lawrence Smith , Cavehill

Pictures taken in Aghagallon Village. By Etta Mullan

Pictures taken in Aghagallon Village. By Etta Mullan

River Blackwater Maghery

River Blackwater Maghery

near ballymoney. By  nev walker

near ballymoney. By nev walker

Foyle Walkway Derry. By Patsy Devine. Derry City

Foyle Walkway Derry. By Patsy Devine. Derry City

Eglinton village on a winter's morning. By  tony doherty

Eglinton village on a winter's morning. By tony doherty

Glenelly Valley Co Tyrone. By Patsy Devine Stroanbrack Co Tyrone

Glenelly Valley Co Tyrone. By Patsy Devine Stroanbrack Co Tyrone

Flooding in County Fermanagh November 2009

Flooding in County Fermanagh November 2009

John McVitty

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Many areas of Tyrone were under water on Tuesday morning as this picture, near Fintona, has captured.

Eighteen people had to be ferried to safety on boats after floods swept through a Co Tyrone village, leaving residents trapped in their homes.

A specialist rescue team was deployed after the River Cloughfin outside Beragh burst its banks, sending water gushing down the streets and causing widespread damage.

Dozens of residents had to find alternative accommodation after being forced to evacuate their homes.

West Tyrone was the worst affected area, with two children among the 18 people who had to be rescued by boat in Beragh.

A £1m GAA hall belonging to the local club, Beragh Red Knights, was badly damaged.

Club chairman Gerard Treacy said it was a scene of devastation.

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“There is just total and utter devastation around the area this morning,” he told the Belfast Telegraph. “The water came out about 20 feet either side of the bridge on the way in to the village and just poured down into the two housing estates, Riverdale and The Meadows.

“There must be 20 to 30 houses there that have been just saturated.”

This is the second time which the club’s facilities — which only opened in 2008 — have been damaged by floods.

“It’s absolutely soul destroying,” he added.



“It flooded in 2008, it has flooded again last night, and it has come very close to flooding a few times in between as well.

“Looking down at it there seems to be a metre of water around the building.

“The power of the water even lifted up our 2,000-litre oil tank. It’s gone — it must have floated away somewhere.

“You can’t imagine how bad it was at its height last night.”

Mr Treacy said the village flood defences were not fit for purpose.

Agriculture Minister Michelle O’Neill is expected to visit the village this evening to meet with affected residents.

However, there is good news on the horizon with the weather expected to improve.

Why is it so wet?

Heavy rain has beaten down relentlessly across Northern Ireland for two solid days, and more rain is forecast for later today. So why is this happening?

Weather and climate expert Philip Eden said the current weather systems bringing the rain were taking longer to move on. “Our rain-bearing systems come from the Atlantic and normally, when the winds are westerly, these systems last three to four hours,” he said.

“However, this October there has been an absence of westerly winds which means that weather systems moving in from the Atlantic are slow-moving. “As a result, these systems are lasting 24 to 36 hours, bringing sustained periods of heavy rain.”


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