Drivers hit by flooding

The main Derry to Belfast road outside Drumahoe which was flooded yesterday morning. (0802JB98)

The main Derry to Belfast road outside Drumahoe which was flooded yesterday morning. (0802JB98)

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Thousands of Derry motorists faced delays during the morning rush hour yesterday after many roads were hit by flooding.

Heavy rain and snowfall on Sunday night and Monday morning led to traffic chaos on many roads across the North West, including a number of key approach roads to the city.

The Glenshane Road at Dungiven - on the main Derry to Belfast route - was closed for a time yesterday because of the flooding and motorists were diverted to side roads.

Many motorists encountered problems on the Victoria Road close at Prehen yesterday morning, causing long traffic tailbacks.

The main road at Drumahoe was reduced to one lane while Road Service workers pumped floodwater from the roadway.

Flooding also caused traffic delays close to the roundabout at Gransha, resulting in a heavy traffic build up on the dual carriageway.

The main Derry to Buncrana Road was also hit by flooding, prolonging the morning commute into Derry for many Inishowen motorists.

Despite the heavy rain and overnight snowfall, forecasters have said it does not herald the start of another cold snap.

John Eagleton from the forecasting division said: “Temperatures were down to one or two degrees and the wind turned north easterly, bringing indications of snow however it is not the start of a cold snap and it is something that will move away,” he said.

The forecaster also warned that more rain is on the way but said it is unlikely that we will see a repeat of the flooding problems witnessed on many roads yesterday.