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River deluges golf course as more flood warnings issued

The fifth tee box at Cushendall golf course
The fifth tee box at Cushendall golf course
Drivers face difficult conditions on roads in Dundrod

By David Young

Torrential rain over the Glens of Antrim yesterday forced the closure of the course at Cushendall Golf Club as the river Dall burst its banks.

Video footage showed the fifth tee at the picturesque course under several feet of fast-flowing water.

The flooding came as the Heart of the Glens Festival nears its climax with the Lurig Run, a gruelling 3.8-mile trek that takes in the steep slopes of the 1,000ft Lurigethan Mountain just outside the Glens village.

Last night organisers were debating whether the run scheduled for today should be called off if weather conditions deteriorated further.

Cushendall councillor Margaret-Anne McKillop yesterday told the Belfast Telegraph: "The video really shows the extent of the flooding at the golf course. They had to cancel an event today."

The councillor added the flooding had not hit the village, some hundreds of yards upstream.

"The river was quite high. It was very bad this morning," she said.

"It's still high, but thankfully it hasn't got any worse."

Yellow weather warnings are in place for Northern Ireland with warnings of thunderstorms.

Heavy rain and winds yesterday resulted in fallen trees and traffic delays, with extreme weather conditions set to continue over the weekend.

Fallen trees caused traffic delays on the Antrim Road near Sandyknowes Roundabout, at the Dublin Road in Castlewellan, Banbridge's Scarva Road, Hillhall Road in Lisburn, and Bangor's Ballycrochan Road.

Flooding was also visible on many roads, particularly around Co Antrim.

A Met Office spokesperson yesterday said: "Slow-moving thundery showers on Saturday may produce torrential downpours, which could cause local flooding and a disruption to travel.

"There is a small chance that homes and businesses could be flooded quickly, with damage to some buildings from floodwater or lightning strikes.

"Spray and sudden flooding could lead to difficult driving conditions and some road closures.

"There is a slight chance that power cuts could occur and other services to some homes and businesses could be lost.

"Where flooding or lightning strikes occur, there is a chance of delays and some cancellations to train and bus services.

"There is also a small chance of fast flowing or deep floodwater and there is a small chance that some communities become cut off by flooded roads."

The Department for Infrastructure also urged drivers to take extra care.

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