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Road collapses in Co Down due to weather after Northern Ireland battered by wind and rain

By John Mulgrew

A section of road has collapsed in Co Down following weeks of heavy rain, high tides and wind across Northern Ireland.

A chunk of the Rostrevor Road/Warrenpoint Road gave way earlier on Wednesday morning at the Drunsesk Road junction.

The route was washed away, following continuing poor weather to hit coastal regions in the last few weeks.

It has now been closed, with diversions in place through Rostrevor, Hilltown, Rathfriland, Mayobridge and onto Warrenpoint.

Earlier this month high tides and strong winds battered coastal areas - with another section of coastal road collapsing in Co Down.

Part of the Shore Road in Ballyhalbert was affected, with a large hole opening up in the main arterial route through the village.

The area was battered by waves crashing through the coastal wall and onto the the road.

It comes after the Whitechurch Road in nearby Ballywalter suffered similar damage after collapsing last month.

Meanwhile in Devon a massive section of the sea wall in Dawlish collapsed - leaving the railway line suspended in mid-air.

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