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Dublin: 11°C Wednesday 14 April 2021

Pictures: Chaos on north-west roads after month's worth of rain falls in just a few hours

The region is dealing with the aftermath of last night’s flash flooding.

North of Ireland storms Cars washed into Derry's river Faughan Source: PA Wire/PA Images

FLASH FLOODING IN Ireland’s north-west has caused extensive damage, destroying bridges, roads and houses, as well as leaving thousands of homes without power.

A month’s worth of rain fell in the space of a few hours, resulting in severe conditions in Donegal and Derry as roads closed and flights were cancelled.

North of Ireland storms An engineer surveys damage to the road next to river Faughan Source: PA Wire/PA Images

AA Roadwatch is reporting that a number of roads remain closed due to the damage. In Donegal, these roads include:

  • The Muff to Quigley’s Point road (R238) at Ture
  • The Carndonagh to Quigley’s Point road ( R240)
  • The mountain road between Carndonagh and North Pole (R244)
  • The Clonmany to North Pole road (R238)
  • The Cockhill Bridge and The Mill Bridge.
  • Grainne’s Gap

In Derry, the A5 is closed between Strabane and the top deck of Craigavon Bridge in Derry City. The Dromahoe road is closed at the bridge at Three Mile House.

The A2 also remains closed at Eglinton between the Airfield roundabout and Broadbridge roundabout.

North of Ireland storms Damage to the main Derry to Moville road in Donegal Source: PA Wire/PA Images

Local councillor Martin McDermott told Donegal’s Highland Radio of the “serious devastation” to roads the flooding had caused, praising emergency services.

Farmers have lost animals, he said, describing it as a “miracle” that no serious injuries occurred.

North of Ireland storms A man looks at a tractor which has fallen into a river after a road collapsed in Iskaheen, Donegal Source: PA Wire/PA Images

People were rescued from vehicles caught in the flooding last night, with the Northern Ireland Fire & Rescue Service (NIFRS) responding to 60 flood reports between 7pm and 11pm.

North of Ireland storms Clean up operations at Cockhill Bridge in Buncrana, Donegal Source: PA Wire/PA Images

Met Eireann reports that tonight will be mainly dry in the area, but with a few showers expected.

North of Ireland storms Trees and vehicles in the river Faughan in Drumahoe, Derry Source: PA Wire/PA Images

Northern Ireland’s Department of Communities has confirmed that a scheme offering emergency financial assistance to those affected by the flooding in Derry is to be made available by councils.

Government chief whip Joe McHugh, a Donegal TD, said that the flooding in the county will be treated as a “priority case”.

North of Ireland storms Clean up at Cockhill Bridge in Buncrana, Donegal Source: PA Wire/PA Images

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