‘Desmond’ batters Peninsula - but we escape the worst

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Storm Desmond battered and threw its full force on to the peninsula over the weekend, but thankfully we escaped the worst of the flooding compared to elsewhere in the county.

It was a definite case of ‘batten down the hatches’ during Met Eireann’s ‘red alert’ as torrential rain, biting cold and strong winds blew in with many incidents of localised flooding in the peninsula, particularly in areas around Moville and Gleneely.

There was also some power outages in Carndonagh.

Many fields were flooded and excessive surface water was reported on roads across Inishowen as record rainfall belted down.

Strong swells were reported on local rivers, with a number bursting their banks.

There was some substantial flooding on Inch Island and the local fire service pumped out water in Fahan beside the Railway Tavern, all amid appeals from Donegal County Council for motorists to only make journeys if they were absolutely essential.

While Inishowen felt the force of Storm Desmond, it was not as badly affected as elsewhere in Donegal with a number of road and business closures due to flooding.

Liscooley and the Castlefin bridges were impassable and there was heavy flooding between Kilmacrennan and Creeslough, among others.

There were also serious problems reported in Ballybofey and flood waters poured into Lifford, with a number of properties damaged, including the Council offices.

A clean-up is now underway and is expected to take some time.

The red alert status was lifted by Met Eireann at 3am on Sunday.

While the weather later on Sunday and Monday was relatively milder, Met Eireann is forecasting more rain for later in the week - although not at the level Storm Desmond brought in.

They say that changeable and very unsettled weather will continue, with strong winds, which may be up to galeforce. It will become cold on Wednesday night, with some frost in places.

Thursday will be cold and breezy, with widepread heavy showers. Some of these will be hail and will fall as sleet over Ulster. Met Eireann say early indications suggest that Friday to Sunday will be cold, with a mix of scattered showers, some wintry. Very cold nights are expected.