Road closures rise as rain batters NI

Published Friday, 22 June 2012
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A number of road closures are in place across Northern Ireland due to rivers overflowing and falling trees as a result of heavy rain.

Road closures rise as rain batters NI
A car drives through surface water on Friday. (© Pacemaker)

Throughout Friday, the region battled with extreme weather conditions after the MET Office issued an amber alert urging people to be prepared for downpours.

Both the Roads Service and PSNI have warned motorists to drive with due care as the rain showed no sign of stopping.

In the Glens of Antrim, the Glendun River has burst its banks and has made the Clady Road at Cushendun unpassable.

Elsewhere in the county, the Greenfield Road is closed due to the Kellswater River flooding the area.

In Belfast, the Sydenham by-pass has now re-opened to traffic. Earlier, it had been reduced to one lane Belfast-bound, at the Dee Street junction, due to flooding on the outside lane.

However, the Belfast Road in Dunadry is unpassable due to flooding.

In Co Londonderry, the Curragh Road, Newmills Road and Glenleary Road - all in the Coleraine area - have been closed.

The Agivey River has burst its banks, also, causing a road closure at Bushtown Hotel, on the Drumcroon Road. This has also caused the Agivey Road to close at Agivey Bridge which is around three miles from Garvagh in the direction of the Curragh Road.

A spokesperson for the Road Service said: "Those roads closed due to flooding from adjacent rivers are likely to remain closed for some time until the river levels drop.

"Motorists are advised to exercise caution when travelling especially in the north and east of the province."

In north Down, a warning is also in place because of fallen trees at a number of locations.

Trees have fallen on Beechvale Road, Killinchy, Whinney Hill Road, Holywood and in the Ballyhalbert and Ballywalter areas of the county.

NI Water said they have responded to a number of incidents relating to sewer flooding.

On Friday afternoon, they had received 63 reports of blocked sewers, 48 reports of external flooding and five of internal flooding.

A statement said: "Every effort has made to alleviate the flooding in the affected areas as quickly as possible and assist with the clean-up operation."

Floodline telephone: 0300 2000 100
NI Water telephone: 08457 44 00 88
At this stage, Saturday morning is expected to be dry - but heavy rain will return by the afternoon. Sunday looks likely to be drier with some bright intervals, with the start of next week also staying drier with only a few light showers at times.
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Comments Comments
Professional Driver in Derry wrote (947 days ago):
Paula, Did ye pass?
Clare in belfast wrote (947 days ago):
did u pass paula??? lol
Paula in Belfast wrote (948 days ago):
I took my driving test yesterday in the heavy rain & flooding. I was rather surprised that the examiner told me off for driving lower than the speed limits on 40 & 50 mph roads even though the road was flooded & heavy rain continued to fall during my test. When I increased my speed it only decreased my visibility due to the spray coming off the roads but he seemed oblivious to this even accusing me of over observing. Its not the examiner who would've been at fault if I had had an accident. I can't believe how reckless he was is it any wonder so many bad drivers are on our roads if this is the attitude of the examiners.
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