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Tyrone caught up in widespread flooding

Wednesday, 30 August 2017

Tyrone caught up in widespread flooding thumbnail Some of the flooding in Tyrone.

TORRENTIAL rain left Tyrone in floods last Tuesday.

The heavy rain caused widespread flooding across the whole of Northern Ireland, including many parts of Tyrone.

A number of areas were badly affected and roads were closed due to the heavy rainfall.

Among the affected areas was the A5 Ballygawley road. Cars struggled to get through the floods with a number of collisions reported on the road throughout the evening as visibility was reduced. This in turn led to the closure of the A5 Ballygawley Road and a number of other roads across Tyrone.

Northern Ireland Fire Rescue Service (NIFRS) said around 30 roads had been identified as having been affected by flooding and damage after the downfall last Tuesday.

PSNI Dungannon had warned drivers: "Do not drive into what at first glance may appear like a large puddle of water.

Drivers and passengers have had to be rescued from cars that have been almost completely submerged." Some areas were affected worse than others, with the flooding also causing problems in Londonderry with City of Derry airport having to close due to flooding and all flights being cancelled.

Moy park suffered a huge loss in livestock losing over 55,000 birds due to the flooding.

A spokesperson for Moy Park told the Courier: "Due to the recent extreme weather, two of our farming partners in Tyrone unfortunately experienced livestock loss and damage to their farm buildings. As per our operating procedures, the appropriate agencies were informed. We are working closely with the farmers and the relevant bodies to help get these family-run businesses fully operational again."


A number of power cuts were reported across Tyrone on Tuesday. A spokesperson for NIE Networks stated: "Around 3,000 customers experienced power cuts across the Dungannon and Omagh areas due to lightning strikes. NIE Networks responded immediately opening Local Incident Centres to allocate resources and repair network damage.

"The majority of customers had power restored within a couple of hours, with some customers without supply overnight while repairs were being completed." Firefighters rescued 93 people who were trapped by due to the floods from their cars or from properties.

Across the Cookstown and Omagh districts fire fighters attended around 13 flooding related incidents.

Alan Walmsley, Assistant Chief Fire & Rescue Officer, NIFRS said: "Northern Ireland Fire & Rescue Service (NIFRS) responded to 85 incidents as direct result of the heavy rainfall on Tuesday night and into the early hours of Wednesday morning.


"Our Regional Control Centre received 402 emergency 999 calls between 7pm on Tuesday night (22 Aug) and 4am Wednesday morning (23 Aug). At its peak time between 9pm and 11pm, RCC handled an emergency call every 45 seconds.

"I want to also take this opportunity to remind the public that in the event of serious flooding to phone the NI Flooding Incident Line on 0300 2000 100.

"This is open 24/7 and a member of staff will take your details and contact the appropriate agency on your behalf.

" If there is a risk to life dial 999 immediately and we will respond."

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