Hearth Service compelled into motion to guard properties as heavy rains trigger commuting chaos

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Heavy rain prompted flooding and journey disruption in elements of Northern Eire yesterday.

Many drivers confronted delays in the course of the rush-hour commute with flooding on quite a few roads in and round Belfast, in addition to elements of counties Antrim and Down.

The A2 between Belfast and Bangor was closed city-bound whereas heavy rain additionally affected the Castlereagh Highway, Connswater Greenway, Stranmillis Embankment and elsewhere in south Belfast. Some bus companies within the metropolis have been additionally hit by the adversarial climate circumstances.

Orchardville Avenue in Finaghy was one of many worst affected areas after heavy rain fell in the course of the evening.

Members of the Hearth Service attended the scene early yesterday morning to assist pump the water away from properties and guarantee it did not breach any properties.

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Residents together with Mary T McMullan (80) woke to search out excessive water ranges at her door for the second time this yr.

Mary, who has lived within the space for 46 years, stated: “The water was coming in all around the entrance of the home. My backyard was solely redone in September by my grandsons however now it is all ruined in order that’s cash down the drain.

“This yr has been significantly dangerous with flooding and I do not know why nothing is being finished about it when issues are clearly getting worse.”

One other resident, who didn’t want to be named, added: “After I acquired up at 7am to deliver my son to work the water was already up previous the wheel of my automotive and step one into the home so we could not get out.

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“That is the second incident this yr and beforehand we had all the things that went down the bathroom ending up in our backyard. With one other climate warning issued for Friday we simply do not know what would possibly occur subsequent.

“Whereas we’ve been fortunate this time, that is simply taking place too typically and one thing must be finished earlier than this happens once more.”

Michael Mulhern, who lives across the nook, stated: “At 7.30 within the morning, individuals on this road have been knee deep in water and a few of them could not get to work.

“It is an actual fear for individuals residing right here when the water ranges rise and particularly if there may be extra rain due later this week.”

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The flooding at Orchardville additionally affected these making an attempt to entry Finaghy practice station, together with commuter Alana Hughes.

“There have been lots of vehicles parked all alongside the primary highway and within the adjoining estates belonging to individuals who had tried to get to the station to make use of the park and trip facility,” she stated.

“I noticed one automotive being towed out of the water as the driving force had tried to drive by the flooding.”

Additional flooding is predicted tomorrow when a belt of heavy rain and powerful winds is because of batter all elements of Northern Eire with a climate warning in place from 9am to 9pm. Heavy rain of between 15-25mm is predicted to fall, growing to 40-60mm on larger floor.

Belfast Telegraph

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