Family forced to climb out of car windows

A Derry woman was forced to climb out of her car window and seek help to lift her four children from her car after she became stuck in flooding outside St. Patrick’s Primary School in Pennyburn.

The road at the rear entrance to the school in Carnhill was rendered completely impassable on Wednesday after heavy rain on Tuesday night. Parts of the footpath were also inches deep in water.

The woman, who asked not to be named, became stuck in the water when she tried to drive through the high waters. She was travelling with her children at the time - two of whom were pupils at the school.

Speaking to the ‘Journal’, her sister said: “The teachers from the school were forced to come out to help her lift her children from the car.

“The water was really deep - a child could have fallen and seriously injured themselves or drowned.”

Traffic was brought to a standstill for a time outside the school as parents dropping their children off were forced to take alternative routes.

Another parent said: “This road floods every time there is heavy rain.

“There is clearly a drainage problem in the area and something should be done to make sure it doesn’t happen again.”