Flooding hits parts of Inishowen

Flooding on the Brae Road, Burnfoot. Picture: Kevin Bradley.

Flooding on the Brae Road, Burnfoot. Picture: Kevin Bradley.

A massive thunderstorm on Tuesday evening saw flooding in parts of Inishowen, with the areas of Burt, Bridgend and Burnfoot most affected.

The storm led to a large volume of rain falling in the space of approximately 40 minutes, with rainwater “running like a river” down roads and into driveways of homes.

At the Rockhead in Burnfoot, the intensity of the rain led to a mini-mudslide, which partially blocked the main Derry to Buncrana road. The Gardai were on the scene and directed traffic, while Donegal County Council worked to clear the area.

The road near the 19th Bar in Bridgend was badly flooded, as was the road at Elaghbeg.

Neighbours rallied around to prevent water from entering the home of Donegal County Councillor John Ryan at Elaghbeg, after rainwater poured into the street. It narrowly avoided entering the house.

In Burt, rivers burst their banks, flooding the gardens of nearby homes.

Others areas in Inishowen affected included Aghilly in Buncrana.

While many parts of Inishowen were flooded, others experienced less rain.

A spokesperson for Met Eireann told the ‘Journal’ that Malin Head Weather Station recorded just 3mm of rain on Tuesday evening.

He said it would be “normal” that this area experienced very little rain, as the thunderstorms were centralised at other locations, only a few miles away.

Meanwhile, there has been widespread concern after the heavy rain once again led to the flooding of the Accident and Emergency Department of Letterkenny General Hospital for the second time in a year.

While Tuesday’s incident did not cause as much damage or disruption as last year’s, there have now been widespread calls for an investigation.

The staff of the hospital were praised for their quick response when the flood waters poured down, during which they placed sandbags at the front door and ensured the water did not gain access.

Deputy Joe McHugh said he had spoken to the Minister for Health Leo Varadkar on the issue and had been informed an investigation has commenced into the flooding and that “the conclusions of the investigation will be published and a review of the current flood management strategy will be carried out in light of the new findings.”

He added: ““I believe that while many questions need to be asked, including the thinking behind the location choice for the current A&E and why it was chosen.”

lSee www.derryjournal.com for video of the flooding in Burnfoot on Tuesday evening.


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