THE INISHOWEN, DONEGAL & DERRY FLOODING 1 YEAR ANNIVERSARY TODAY
More than 100 people had to be rescued in the northwest after heavy rain flooded homes and left Derry City virtually inaccessible by road. The freak weather also left a trail of destruction across the Inishowen Peninsula in Co Donegal one year ago today.
Dozens of families have been left homeless, businesses ruined and bridges washed away after several hours of freak weather
63% of August’s rainfall fell within eight to nine hours, causing widespread flooding and leaving motorists stranded in vehicles. The Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service said at the height of the flooding it was receiving an emergency call every 45 seconds.
Assistant chief fire and rescue officer Alan Walmsley said they rescued 93 people from either cars or property who had been trapped by the flood waters.
“Firefighters worked in extremely challenging circumstances to reach people. A number of roads were impassable due to flooding, and crews had to take alternative routes to attend some incidents.”
Coastguard helicopters from Sligo, Scotland and Wales also rescued about 30 people.
Donegal Weather Channel had a warning out for that day for the risk of Thunderstorm, Heavy Rain, Spot Flooding and Flash Flooding.
Donegal County Council has also activated its emergency accommodation plan, and says no family will be left without accommodation.
At least two bridges were destroyed, while other bridges, including Cockhill Bridge on the outskirts of Buncrana town, were damaged and had to be temporarily closed.
One van driver had a lucky escape when a huge crater opened up in the middle of the Quigley’s Point to Muff Road leaving his vehicle tipping nose-front into a huge drop.
Among the worst places hit was the village of Burnfoot. Several families had to be evacuated from their houses as water levels rose.
Livestock was also lost in the flood, with one witness saying how he saw two donkeys being washed down a country road on the outskirts of Carndonagh.
Huge volumes of crops were lost, includes fields of corn at Grianan Estate in Burt.
Several sports clubs in Co Donegal were also left devastated. Dunree Boxing Club, Cockhill Football Club in Buncrana and Sea Rovers in Malin were left under several feet of water.
MY ACCOUNT OF THE DAY
Over the day I had been watching this develop it started of with cells / thunderstorms developing down the south of the country but dying out. when these cells where firing of down south the band of rain which had been moving northwards had been moving over Ulster which would of been the main cause for the flooding later that night as it saturated the ground so much and lead to a rise in river levels as the rain later that evening and night was heavier than earlier that day.
Around 2:00pm Tuesday looking at sat 24 which shows a updated image every 15 minutes of the clouds over Ireland and Europe you could see clearly there was some big convection / Clouds bubbling up and forming into thunderstorm. It was around Limerick area it grew and started to move northeastwards up over the eastern half of Connacht. At this stage you could tell the cold front had arrived and behind that it started backfiring with lightning every 30 seconds to a minute .
Over the the afternoon into the evening that cell then moved northeast towards Ulster and as it did it grew in size. And as a storm chaser it was one of them cells which is very hard to chase as it was a pure grey mess out.
It a miracle that anyone was not killed in this severe weather event
INFORMATION AND DAMAGE CAUSED BY THIS WEATHER EVENT
- thousands of houses in Ireland and Northern Ireland loss power on the night of the storm due to some frequent and severe lightning.
- Over 300 parts of Donegal road network damaged by floods.
- 47 families have registered with l Donegal County Council as being displaced following the floods last week, including 21 families from Burnfoot and 14 from Buncrana, with the remainder from Carndonagh, Muff, Clonmany and Malin.
- 560 requests for assistance from flooded homeowners have been registered with Derry City & Strabane District Council.
- Twenty-five roads in Derry had been closed due to flooding.
- Donegal, Derry and Tyrone Bridges collapsed, roads gave way and cars were washed away in overflowing rivers during a night when 63% of August's average rainfall fell within nine hours. 6 bridges in Donegal had been completely destroyed and many more badly damaged.
- 33mm of rainfall had falling at Met Éireann weather station at Malin Head between 7pm and 9pm. Thats in a 2 hour period
- Thunderstorms brought 60 - 80mm to parts of Ulster. Malin Head Donegal had over 70mm over a period of 8hrs to 9hrs. Inishowen Donegal and Derry where worse effected
- Soldiers from Finner camp assist in clean-up operation after floods in Donegal.
- More than 100 people had to be rescued from vehicles caught in flash floods in Donegal, Derry and Tyrone.
- All flights in and out of Derry City Airport have been cancelled after the airport building was severely flooded.The airport services flights to and from Majorca, Glasgow, London Stansted and Liverpool.
- Firefighters in Northern Ireland responded to 85 separate flooding incidents on Tuesday night into Wednesday morning. Firefighters rescued 93 people who were trapped by flood water either from their cars or from properties.
- The regional control centre (RCC) received 402 emergency 999 calls between 7pm Tuesday night and 4am Wednesday morning.
- Coastguard helicopters from Scotland, Wales and Sligo took part in operations and Derry and Strabane were among the worst-affected areas.
- Over a period of 24hrs there had been 40,300 lightning strike recorded over Ireland and the UK with the around 80% of them over Ulster and Ireland.