Floods cause damage in Clogher Valley

Wednesday, 13 June 2018

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CLOGHER Valley Councillors Wills Robinson and Robert Mulligan have detailed damage caused by floods last week.
On Fridaya heavy downpour saw fields flooded and caused dangerous driving conditions which saw traffic almost halt to a stop.
DUP Councillor Wills Robinson urged road users in the Clogher Valley to be careful after the torrential rain has washed debris onto many roads.
Cllr Robinson said: "People need to be really careful particularly at night.
“Large stones have been washed into the roadway and in many cases verges have collapsed into fields. In one case a bridge had started to give way to the floods.
“The bridge is in the townland of Glenageeragh. I have notified the authorities.
“In all my years living in the Clogher Valley I have never experienced or witnessed rain like what came down on Friday afternoon. It started at 3pm and lasted solid for an hour and then started to ease."
Following the downpour, Councillor Robert Mulligan expressed his appreciation to roads service personnel who turned out on Friday evening to help alleviate many aspects of the damage caused to the local roads network in the area.
Cllr Mulliagn explained: "During the rain on Friday afternoon 43mm of rain fell.
“Such was the ferocity of the deluge that a number of culverts were overloaded and flood water turned roadways into streams washing sand and gravel onto the carriageway causing hazardous conditions for motorists.
“Unfortunately one bridge on the Newtownsaville Road suffered severe structural damage which may result in road closure till such times as a permanent repair or replacement can be effected.
“On the Glenhoy road a storm drain or gully pot with grating collapsed and dropped about ten feet into the neighbouring field due to a land slippage caused by the force of the water flow, also a range wall on the bridge at 'culnaha' also on the Glenhoy road fell over and several boulders were washed out on to the neighbouring land, causing nuisance for the local land owner.
“While all this is relatively minor when compared to other major catastrophes in our world it is nonetheless a timely reminder of the power of nature."


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