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Serious Flooding in NI 29 August 2017

Northern Ireland floods: More than 100 people rescued

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More than 100 people had to be rescued in Northern Ireland after being trapped by overnight flooding.

The north west was worst affected, particularly Londonderry, as well as other parts of the county and Tyrone.

Firefighters rescued 93 people who were trapped by flood water in their cars or homes. At one point, the fire service got an emergency call every 45 seconds.

The Met Office confirmed that 63% of the average August rainfall fell within an eight–to–nine–hour period.


The ambulance service said it responded to 10 calls directly related to the weather, including one case of hypothermia.

Bridges collapsed on the Camlough Road near Carrickmore, County Tyrone, and on Church Steet in Claudy, County Londonderry.

Ryan Gray, from the Coastguard, said: “Flood water up to 6cms in depth will take a human being off their feet and if it does so, it’s very unlikely that the person will be able to stand up again.”

“This was a metre and a half of flood water – it was lifting vehicles up and taking them down, the current of the water.

“There was a little bit of panic, thankfully the rescue teams are very well trained and they managed to calm the scene down and rescue people.”


Read more: BBC News