Severe flash flooding disrupts Mid-Ulster

Wednesday, 6 June 2018

MID-ULSTER was the subject of severe flash flooding over the weekend, leading to the closure of numerous roads across the area.
Motorists were the worst affected with reports of flooding on the Favour Royal Road between Augher and Aughnacloy, Tullyhogue Road, Tullywigan and the Westland Road & Lower Rainey Street part of Magherafelt all being closed.
The adverse weather conditions also affected a number of businesses in Magherafelt as the drains struggled to cope with the downpour.
For two residents, it is latest episode in what has been a longstanding issue in the town.
“Yet again, the drains on Westland Road/Rainey Street struggling to cope with the water. My shop floods yet again...Tell me again why I'm paying almost 12,000 per year in rates!
“This is not a new problem. It's been ongoing for years and still the drainage system hasn't been upgraded," said Peter Spiers in a Facebook post.
He was backed up by another local  under the post, "Sure this happens all the time, so why is nothing done about it," said Bernie Donnelly.
A yellow weather warning remained in place over the weekend and into Monday, however the Met Office has no further warnings for the rest of the week.


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