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Weather chaos fury as floods and snow hit Northern Ireland

We were passed from pillar to post as water rose, claim residents

The scene at Marlborough Terrace in Londonderry where two cars and a van were crushed after a wall collapsed
The scene at Marlborough Terrace in Londonderry where two cars and a van were crushed after a wall collapsed
The scene at Marlborough Terrace in Londonderry where two cars and a van were crushed after a wall collapsed
The scene at Marlborough Terrace in Londonderry where two cars and a van were crushed after a wall collapsed
A rugby pitch at the YMCA, Drumahoe, outside Derry, which was under several feet of water
Raymond Beattie who had to escape through a bathroom window after his house was flooded at Bealaghmor in Ballymagroarty
A snow plough on the main Glenshane Road between Derry and Belfast
Water pours into the garden of a house in Bealaghmor in the Ballymagroarty area of Derry
The Ballymagroarty area of Derry where several homes were flooded
A brave surfer rides a 67-foot wave at Bundoran in Donegal yesterday, it was the biggest wave ever to hit Irish shores, recorded by a buoy 60 miles out to sea
Samson and Goliath gantry cranes in Harland & Wolff shipyard, Belfast as seen from the Castlereagh Hills
Horses on the Castlereagh Hills
Horses on the Castlereagh Hills
The City Hospital in Belfast as seen from the Castlereagh Hills
Jackie Kelly
©Press Eye Ltd Northern Ireland - 5th December 2011 Mandatory Credit - Photo-Jonathan Porter/Presseye. As Winter sets in snow hits parts of Northern Ireland. The view over Belfast from the Castlereagh Hills.
Readers' Winter Pictures Gallery Frosty Fermanagh. Submitted by Rachel, Fermanagh
Christmas day 2010. Submitted by Sara Orr ,Gibbs Island Strangford
Winter in western Canada. Submitted by Al
Belvoir park forest Belfast. Submitted by Clare Harvey
Belvoir park Xmas 2010. Submitted by Clare Harvey
Church of Ireland. Submitted by Steven Junk Newmills
Lasting Impression. Submitted by Tom, Dunmurry
Jay - King of Scrabo... submitted by Andrew Gison - Scrabo Tower
The carry harryville. Submitted by Hugh Blackadder Ballymena
Jordan's igloo, Bangor
No fish today!! Woodford Fishing Lake
Cushendun winter Wonderland. Submitted by Seammus Fyfe Cushendun
Robin redbreast. Submitted by Paul Hunter, Belfast
Coleraine Council's Jetty on the River Bann
Images from Belfast Telegraph Readers' Winter Pictures Gallery
Tullylish tower. Submitted by David Berry
Emily, Jack, Ryan & Alex enjoying snow in Hillsborough Sat 8 January 2011. Submitted by Henderson family
The last rays of sunset
Siw mile Water Park,Gordon Esler, Ballyclare . Co Antrim
Frozen river bann at coleraine marina. Submitted by Avril Law
Lady, Taken at Navan Fort. Submitted by Malachy McCreesh Navan Fort
Lagan thaw bursts banks & throws ice onto path by Philip McErlean, Belfast
Fancy a bath? Submitted by Diane, Lisburn
Readers Pics
Wallace Park, Lisburn by Tom Kirk Perth W.Australia
Stramore Road, Gilford by P Briggs
River Bann, Stramore Rd. Gilford by P briggs
Cave Hill Walk, by Tom Kirk Perth W.Australia
A Narnian Winter at Portavo ... by Hannah, Groomsport
Dalene Young's snaps taken around Tobermore
Dalene Young's snaps taken around Tobermore
Dalene Young's snaps taken around Tobermore
Northern Irish Global Warming - Mark Barfoot, Antrim, Lough Neagh
My two dogs in the snow - Paulo Ross, Ardglass, County Down
Ulsterbus Leyland Leopard 4107 at its new home in the Isle of Man. Richard Davis - Isle of Man
Killian and Odhran Maguire enjoying the view at this water fall in Boho - Barry Maguire Enniskillen
Empty fields - Stanley Mathers, Bready
Dromore Cathedral and the River Lagan on Christmas Eve - Scott Mackey - Dromore
Donaghadee Water Tower Sostice evening ... by Avril
Anchored ... by Joan Wilson
Xmas ball ... by Reymos in Belfast
White wedding @ Newforge House, Magheralin ... by Jenny Pearson, Markethill
Pickie Fun Park Bangor ... by Nicolas Soitout
Path at the old railway line in Donaghadee ... by Aidan Ferguson
Ormeau Embankment 22 Dec 2010 .. Philip McErlean, Belfast
Mussaden snow ... by Campbell Allen Bready
Lagan freezing ... by Philip McErlean, Belfast
Farmhouse ... Brian Portadown
Coastal Road Bangor ... Nicolas Soitout, Bangor
Blue Tit Preparing for the Big Freeze.... by Laura Rose McBride, Banbridge
Winter in Belvoir at sunset - James McCartney, Belfast
View to Ormeau Bridge, 22 Dec 2010 .. Philip McErlean, Belfast
Spiders Web @ Ballypalady Rd, Doagh, Co Antrim - Submitted By Simon Brown
Sunset - Jeremy Clifford Craigavon
Stephen Ryan snowboarding in the Mournes - by Simon Lennon
These roads are very slippy!!! - Longshot Rd, Doagh, Co Antrim - Submitted By Simon Brown
Northern Irish Global Warming - Mark Barfoot, Antrim, Lough Neagh
river scene near the Marina in Cole
George - wide eyed and bushy tailed. Submitted by Stephen Finlay, Doagh
A quiet day, Bangor
A snowy Leap of Faith on the Stewartstown Road, Belfast. Submitted by Emma Toner
Snowy scenes in the Colin area of West Belfast. Submitted by Emma Toner
Broken down, North Down
Ward Park, North Down
McKee Clock, North Down
Granda Bob's garden, Killyleagh
Fire Mountain Carrigans Donegal. Submitted by Bert O Neill
Robin close up. Submitted by Matthew Harron , Limavady
Frozen apples. Submitted by Matthew harron , Limavady
Sun Up - Co Armagh. Submitted by Brian O'Reilly, Belfast
Sunset on Strangford Lough. Submitted by Michele, Greyabbey
Beautiful Sunny Afternoon @ Frozen Reservoir - Newline Rd, Carrickfergus. Submitted by Simon Brown
Carr Road, Lisburn, N Ireland. Submitted by Alister Hamilton
Carr Road, Lisburn, N Ireland. Submitted by Alister Hamilton
Snowboarding, Belfast
Fishermen , Movanagher Canal. Submitted by David McKendick
Chrissie Carson - Dundrod... Winter scene
David and Molly Fenning Lisburn
Chrissie Carson - Dundrod ... Little Bird
Chloe age 11 from Donaghadee...Alfie and Tacey the snow people
Brian Portadown Sunset at Bann Meadows
Brian Portadown Sunset at Bann Meadows
Bill Corr, Belfast
Avril Hughes, Lisburn ...photographs of the snow on the river Lagan towpath at Lambeg
Avril Hughes, Lisburn ...photographs of the snow on the river Lagan towpath at Lambeg 4
Avril Hughes, Lisburn ...photographs of the snow on the river Lagan towpath at Lambeg 3
Avril Hughes, Lisburn ...photographs of the snow on the river Lagan towpath at Lambeg 2
Arlene Barton,'s out for winter
Adam Krauza Belfast Castle
Gerry, Sloan ... The Big Fish at Donegall Quay. Belfast
Gavin McVeigh Mallusk
Gavin from Mallusk ... Grays Lane Mallusk
Gary, Castlereagh. Merry Chrstmas
Gary, Castlereagh, icicles
G Morrow's icicles
Feldore McHugh, Belfast's Botanic Gardens
Feldore McHugh, Belfast Botanic Gardens
Evelyn McCullough - Portstewart Narnia
Evelyn McCullough - Arctic conditions in Portstewart
David Rainey, Belfast ...The tallest snowman in Belfast
David McFarland of Dollingstown... Lurgan Castle
David Fenning Lisburn Leisureplex
Scott Campbell Greenisland ...My bro spent his 22nd birthday building this 8ft snowman!
Roy Mallusk Snow fields
Roy Mallusk Snow field
Pauline Wilson ... Snowing at dusk in Coleraine
Pauline Wilson ... snowy bridge, Coleraine
Pauline Wilson .. Coleraine
Patricia Mackey, Newtownards ...Movilla Cemetery
Emma, Keira and Jamie Goldring. Helen's Bay...igloo
Martin Vinall Bangor Abbey
Kieran Monaghan, Glengormley A lone shopper braves the journey home
Kevin McConnell, Crumlin ... the snowman we built in our street
Ian Graham Belfast ... squirrel taking shelter & stocking up on nuts
Terry Irvine Ballyclare... Sixmile sunset
Steph & Katie
Stacey Dougan, Richhill, Co. Armagh ...View from top of Maynooth Road Richhill
Rod Mulholland. Tobermore church of Ireland. Dec 2010
Darrell & Shirley Monteith, Seskinore Winter in Tyrone. Dec 2010
Darrell & Shirley Monteith, Seskinore Winter in Tyrone. Dec 2010
Darrell & Shirley Monteith, Seskinore Winter in Tyrone. Dec 2010
Darrell & Shirley Monteith, Seskinore Winter in Tyrone. Dec 2010
Darrell & Shirley Monteith, Seskinore Winter in Tyrone. Dec 2010
Darrell & Shirley Monteith, Seskinore. Winter in Tyrone. Dec 2010
Robert Telford .... Rays Wood, Antrim. Dec 2010
Rod Mulholland .... Tobermore church of Ireland.
Jo, Dromore Ghostly abode!
Darrell & Shirley Monteith, SeskinoreCaption: Dun SeedinYour email:
Looking through my windscreen at the ice. By Mark Johnston, Bangor. Dec 2010
Snowboarding in the Mournes. By Shagster. Dec 2010
David McKendrick's snowy Movanagher lock. Dec 2010
The Marquis of Downshire Memorial, Hillsborough by Graham Construction
Frank, from Limavady. Benone looking towards Donegal. Dec 2010
David Montgomery, Killyleagh Co. Down. Delamont Country Park at Sunset. Dec 2010
sterling newtownabbeyCaption: frosty afternoonYour email:
Frosty afternoon by Roy. Dec 2010
Newtownabbey frosted web Roy. Dec 2010
Having fun when their school is closed, Matthew and Owen Irvine, Maghaberry. Dec 2010
Gavin Miskelly, Darragh Cross, Mourne Mountains, Co. Down
Alison Lynas... Wacky Races at Burntollet Bridge
Santa arrives in Derry early by Gary Nash. Dec 2010
My son Martin and snowman. By Jackie in Crumlin
Donemana by Isobel Brown. Dec 2010
Emma Carson, Garrison, County Fermanagh .... Max the dog is ready for a snowball fight
Paul in Belfast ....The Silent Courtyard, Farnham Estate, Cavan. Dec 2010
Paul in Belfast ... Frozen Steps, Farnham Estate, Cavan
Paul in Belfast ... The White Garden, Farnham Estate, Cavan. Dec 2010
Frosty afternoon Templepatrick. By Roy. Dec 2010
Brian, Portadown: River Bann 7/12/10
Knockagh Ttim, Carrickfergus
Carole, Banbridge .... Home from school!
Garden Carwood Ave. Our Stephanie by Mervyn Ellis
Killygullen Lisnaskea. Taken by Eleanor Kerr
Brian McCalden, Glengormley ... Horses Glebe Road
Brian McCalden... Horses Glebe Road Glengormely
Tim, Carrickfergus ... Portrush harbour
Niall McCaughan. Cannons on the Derry Walls
Chess on the Lawn, Farnham Estate, Cavan by Paul in Belfast
Julie-Anne and Noel enjoying our Tenth Wedding anniversary at the Sleive Donard
Co Tyrone.... lovin it. Submitted by Ann. Dec 2010
Tropical palm in Portrush. By Jean Elliott
Coolnasillagh, Co. Derry. By Joe O'Kane
Paula Cuesta from Segovia assists with Winter Graduation arrangements at Queen's. Picture by Barbara Groves
The Cave Hill by Bill Corr
On the Bill Corr, Belfast
Hello Snow! Jean Elliott, Portrush
Fog over Bill Corr
Belfast Castle. Picture by Bill Corr
The Mourne Mountains, by Yvonne
Dawn on the wing, Belfast International Steven Braiden
A red deer stag crosses the road as it comes down from the hills to the River Clunie near Braemar to forage for food as snow continues to cover much of the UK.
Looking towards Slieve Binnian, Mourne Mtns - by Jon, Portadown
Fiend or foe.... By Robin McCormick. Dec 2010
Silent Valley from Slieve Lamagan, Mourne Mtns - by Jon, Portadown
Craigavon Lake. By J O'Neill. Dec 2010
My Son Zack enjoying the snow. Dec 2010. By Trish Taylor in Derry
Spelga Dam 1.12.10 Taken by Ronan Sherry
Craigavon Lakes 1/12/10. Brian Portadown
My chocolate labrador Levi . Jason Davidson Ballymoney
Mournes snowboarding. Submitted by Gav
Sammy & Harvey enjoying the snow by Miriam Taylor, Belfast
Swans on the canal, Ballynahinch. By Pauline Rainey. Dec 2010
Broadwater Canal Aghalee. By Michelle Myles, Maghaberry
Foraging for food , Ballyclare. By Joan Wilson
Snow covered Brooke Park, Derry
Baby, it's cold outside!. By Sinead Hoben, Newry
Summit of Donard. By Brian, Portadown Caption:
Snowman. By Rod Mulholland Nov 2010
Little Aoibheann McElhone from Claudy braves the cold to make a snowwoman
Adam Kerr (6) makes the most of the snow on monday as he adds the finishing touches to an igloo at the Playtrail in Londonderry.
Stramore Road. Gilford. By 'jocorleone' Nov 2010
First time on a sleigh. Submitted by Jenny Kordys, Drumaness Nov 2010
Two-year-old Sophie Duffy enjoys herself after falling out of her sleigh at LIsnagelvin in Derry
Dromore Lane. By Rod Mulholland.Tobermore. Nov 2010
St Canice's Church Eglinton . By Willie Robb Eglinton Nov 2010
Frozen Cat: By Pauline Belfast
Craigavon lakes frozen and dusted with snow. By Jeremy Clifford, Craigavon Nov 2010
Kells, Antrim.Submitted by 'keveddy'
My pug enjoys snow for the first time. By 'littlestirishone' Nov 2010
Snow covered Brooke Park, Derry. Pablo O'Connor and his mum Laura.
Laura Henderson, south Belfast
River moyola tobermore. picture submitted by Rod Mulholand.Tobermore. 30.03.2010
A woman walks across the M3 in heavy snow in Cavan
A delivery man works in heavy snow in Cavan town
A woman walks through heavy snow in Cavan
Belfast Telegraph readers' pics of winter weather: Icy Waterfall on January 11. By Katie S., Killarney National Park
Snowy Fence around Ballymena. By Barry Lau - Ballymena
Gallery of Belfast Telegraph readers' snow pictures Castle Gardens, Lisburn. By Tom Porter
A Winter Sun In Lisburn. By Tom Porter
Beautiful trees on divis mountains. By Pauline
Entrance to Belvoir. By Des Meredith at Belvoir
belvoir forest park. By fiona donnan  belfast
Lisburn's Winter Wonderland. By Tom, Lisburn
Mourne Mountains. By John Mitchell, Belfast
Wallace Park, Lisburn. By Tom, Lisburn
Strule Bridge. By Stevie, Omagh
Angela Eadie & her daughters having fun in the snow.
Cycling like madman on Sunday. By Lawrence Smith , Cavehill
Pictures taken in Aghagallon Village. By Etta Mullan
River Blackwater Maghery
near ballymoney. By nev walker
Foyle Walkway Derry. By Patsy Devine. Derry City
Eglinton village on a winter's morning. By tony doherty
Glenelly Valley Co Tyrone. By Patsy Devine Stroanbrack Co Tyrone
my back garden. By Brendan Donaghy
Cregagh Glen Belfast. By Peter Forster, Belfast
Lack , Co Fermanagh. By Doreen Gibson
Lough Neagh, Alan, Daniel and Aaron Monaghan, Maghery
THE TREE. By Moyaleen By William Pullins
Moira Demesne. By Peter B Waddell
Snow in Lurgan Park. By Margaret Taylor
Maghery, River Blackwater
ross , and alfie the snowman. By ross clarke
The Frozen River Bann in Portadown. By Gary English, Portadown
Rear of Armagh Cathedral in the early evening. By Gary English, Portadown
granny's house in the snow, magheranappin co donegal
My back garden. By Brenda Lennon, Munster, Germany
Frozen lakeside at Lurgan Park. By Jenny Hanna, Lurgan
Brownlow House, from Lurgan Park. By Jenny Hanna, Lurgan
Henry in snow!!By Jenny Hanna, Lurgan
Hazy Shade of Winter, Lagan Meadows. By Gavin Sloan
Shaws Bridge. By Tara, west Belfast.
River Foyle from Bay Park. By Pat Devine Derry City
Scots Pine, Ballinderry. By Peter B Waddell
Topiary, Nutts Corner. By Peter B Waddell
Cavehill. By Philip McCloy
Cavehill Robin. By Philip McCloy
Towards Silent Valley. By N Walker, Belfast
This is what I call a snow man, taken just before Moira roundabout. By Gillian Musgrave
Lady Dixon Park, Belfast. By Audrey Matchett
Frozen Beauty, Lady Dixon Park Malone. By Peter Breene
Lone walker at Lady Dixon Park Malone. By Peter Breene
River lagan at Drumbeg. By Peter Breene
Whitewater River, Kilkeel
Frozen Lough, Temple Co Down. By Iain Gregory
River Foyle, Derry. Photo by John Gallagher
Keeping the road clear at Spelga Dam. By Robert in Kilkeel
Spelga Dam in a snow shower. By Robert in Kilkeel
Slippy. By Chris O'Neill, Lagan belfast
no sailing. By Chris O'Neill Belfast
Noleen Cartmill & daughter Katie enjoy the slopes at Spelga Dam
The McCauley family from Rathfriland share the snowy slopes at Spelga Pass
A Frozen Lagan, Ormeau Bridge, Belfast
Scrabo Hill. By Jim Devlin Dundonald
A Robin on Slieve Donard. By Damien Conway, Belfast
The Water Hole/ The dam at the back of the Valley Leisure centre Newtownabbey. By Philip Mccloy
mournes..towards silent valley. By n.walker/belfast
Hazy Shade of Winter. By Gavin Sloan Lagan Meadows
Minnowburn Beeches. By Jayne Gregory Lagan Valley
An apple a day. By N Walker, Belfast
Redbreast, River Lagan. By B Maguire
Victoria Park, Belfast. By Glen Dunwoody, Belfast
High and dry. By John Hughes, Newtownabbey
Lovers Lane, Merville Garden Village, Newtownabbey. By John Hughes, Newtownabbey
Belvoir forest park on 9th January, by Clare Harvey
Minnowburn Bridge. By Diane McKeaveney
winter on the Lagan - taken on the bridge at McIlroy Park, Dunmurry. By Helen Millar
winter on the Lagan - taken on the bridge at McIlroy Park, Dunmurry. By Helen Millar
winter on the Lagan - taken on the bridge at McIlroy Park, Dunmurry. By Helen Millar
Mournes from divis. By n.walker/belfast
Daniel and Luke Kelly enjoying the snow in Glengormley. By Stephen Kelly
Snow shapes in the Mournes. By Paul Kavanagh, Rathfriland

Severe weather conditions are expected to continue across the UK until Monday - piling more misery on Northern Ireland homeowners already battling the affects of high winds, flooding and snow.

The Met Office issued the warnings of icy conditions across most of the country, with a storm bringing more nasty weather.

More than 12 hours after flooding devastated a suburban development in Northern Ireland, residents were still waiting for officials to come to their aid, they said last night.

Homeowners in Ballymagroarty on the outskirts of Londonderry could only watch in despair as a torrent of water ripped down a street and tore through their properties.

The residents of four Baelaghmor houses were left standing outside for hours while they were passed “from pillar to post” by statutory agencies they were praying could help them.

Standing on the street helplessly watching as the water surrounded her home, Roslyn Donegan has lost everything.

The Christmas decorations in the window belie the utter devastation within her home.

She said: “It all kind of happened at once — I heard a commotion outside and at the same time I saw the water seeping in under my front door.

“Someone was calling, ‘don't open your door' but I thought they were saying ‘open your door' and I did. The next second the water was up at my waist and my son who was standing behind me was squealing. He was in a bad state.

“I immediately switched everything electrical off but by this stage the water was up at the level of my worktops in the kitchen so I just got out as fast as I could.

“But really, I have lost every single thing I own in this world and I have no home insurance so I am standing here in the clothes I have on me and I can't even get into my house.

“This was reported to the emergency flooding number at 10pm last night (Tuesday) and after being put on hold for 20 minutes we eventually got speaking to someone who kept us on the phone for another half hour.

“Someone came out from the DoE, took a look around them and left, saying there was nothing they do.”

Raymond Beattie lives in house next door to Roslyn and escaped from his house through the upstairs bathroom window because there was so much water in the ground floor.

He is furious at the lack of action and wants someone to take responsibility.

“The Rivers Agency was told about this at 10pm last night but they still won't say it is down to them and the Northern Ireland Water are saying the same,” he said.

“The only people to come here to help have been the local neighbourhood partnership volunteers and the local political representative.

“But as for the people who are earning the big money, they are nowhere to be seen and have passed us from pillar to post.

“We are looking at about £20,000 worth of damage when you take everything into consideration.

“Your home is your castle and I think I am the only man in Derry with a swimming pool in the front of his house and a swimming pool in the back of his house.”

While Roslyn and Raymond were still waiting to get the water pumped out of the homes, the water had subsided from outside Catherine Ferguson's house, built on slightly higher ground.

But the sight that met her when she opened the door reduced her to tears.

Her neighbours hugged and comforted her as she surveyed tiled and wooden floors covered in mud.

She said: “I heard the screaming out in the street and looked out but then the water started flooding in and I just lifted my son Ryan who is only six months and ran out.

“This is awful and I don't know how I am going to get it sorted but I will worry if it will happen again but there is no one here that can tell us anything.”

A spokeswoman for Northern Ireland Water said: “NI Water is sympathetic to those customers in the Baelaghmor area who have recently suffered flooding from a local culvert.

“The lead agency for dealing with flooding resulting from overflowing water courses is the Rivers Agency who should be on site.

A Rivers Agency spokesperson said: “The Flooding Incident Line has no record of a caller waiting for 45 minutes.

“Rivers Agency first received a report of flooding at this location at 23.40 hours on Tuesday and a member of staff visited the site shortly after midnight.

“A squad was dispatched and attended the site at 1am although the houses were already flooded.

“Works are ongoing to clear a blockage in a culvert and an extensive pumping operation has been carried out in conjunction with NI Fire and Rescue Service.”

It was like a bomb had exploded... two men’s livelihoods wrecked after storm brings down wall

A man whose van was buried when a 15m high wall collapsed at the height of a storm said the scene of devastation he witnessed was like “a bomb that had exploded”.

Chris Wilson had just returned home to Marlborough Terrace in Londonderry at 2.30am and was getting ready for bed when he heard a massive bang.

He went outside to discover his van and two other cars under a pile of rubble, mud and oil from a crushed tank, which was flowing towards the house.

He said: “At first I thought it was a bomb that had exploded.

“But I just couldn't believe what I was seeing when I opened the back door, the first thing that hit me was the smell of the oil which was gushing towards the back door.

“About 30 metres of the wall had come down on the top of my van and the two other cars parked beside it and had brought the trees down with it.

“I play in a band and use the van to carry equipment so that's all lost too.”

Chris's mother Monica (78) was asleep in her bed but she woke with a start at the sound of the wall hitting the cars.

Yesterday, despite the chaos the pensioner remained calm as she surveyed the damage.

“My son was in the van half and hour before it happened so I am just glad that he is OK and that no one got hurt.

“The rest we will deal with,” she said.

“I lost about £700 worth of oil and my fire only heats the living room and not even the water but when you rear 13 of a family you learn to take things in your stride and we will get over this too.”

Only the number plate of Jimmy Mallon's car was visible after two trees and a pile of rubble engulfed the rest of it.

Mr Mallon, a taxi driver with two small children, has now been left with no way to work in the busy run up to Christmas.

He said: “The first I became aware of anything was when the police knocked on my door at about 4.30am.

“We slept through it but when I came out the only part of my car that I could see was the number plate.

“It was quite a shock to say the least but I only started taxiing a few months ago and this is the busiest time of the year for us.”

Mr Mallon added: “It's when we make our money, so I really have no idea what I am going to do.”

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