While Inishowen escaped the worst of the county’s flooding over the weekend, a number of areas were still badly affected by the torrential rain and winds of Saturday and Sunday.
Pockets of flooding were prevalent right across the peninsula, and the Burnfoot area in particular was flooded as the river burst its banks.
One local business owner, Ciaran McGrory who owns Adrenalin Fitness in Burnfoot, spent all of Sunday clearing away water which had seeped into the studio floor and reception on thr ground floor of his premises.
Ciaran told the ‘Journal’ how he was driving past the gym at 2.30am on Sunday morning when he saw flood water “up past the door.”
He said: “I knew at that stage it was seeping in. The river (which is close to the gym) had burst its banks and was flowing in behind it. There’s a wall running behind the gym, so it had no-where to go. It just kept building up.”
Ciaran told how he went away for a short time to fill some sand bags and when he returned the water had risen “by about eight inches.”
There’s a wall running behind the gym, so it had no-where to go. It just kept building up.Ciaran McGrory
It had completely covered the studio floor and also ran into a nearby treatment room used by his wife, Jennifer, who is a beautician.
Ciaran said while he didn’t get to the premises “early enough,” he counts himself “lucky” he was able to save a lot of equipment.
However, he said a number of electrical items were soaked with water and had to be discarded, as had the laminated reception floor. The studio floor itself was made of rubber and Ciaran spent all of yesterday drying it out and “sweeping out” the gym.
He paid tribute to the “great community spirit” of the local area, revealing he had been inundated with offers of help and support. Ciaran was able to reopen his gym the following day, Monday, as normal.
There was also significant flooding at the ‘Rock Head’ in Burnfoot and in many localised areas across Inishowen.
Elswhere in Donegal, a number of cars were submerged in water at the carpark in Jackson’s Hotel, Ballybofey. The village of Castlefinn was worst affected as the River Finn burst its banks.
Met Eireann has said the rain will finally “die out” on Tuesday night, but there will be outbreaks of rain on Wednesday and Thursday across the North West. There will be a “noticable” sharp drop in temperatures by Friday.