Watch: Heavy floods hit north west as Finn bursts banks

Heavy rain has battered the north west
Heavy rain has battered the north west

Parts of the north west have been badly hit by flooding after a weekend of torrential rain.

The region appeared to be worst hit across the island, with some roads impassable in counties Tyrone, Derry, Sligo and Donegal.

Drone footage uploaded to Youtube shows the impact as the Finn burst its banks in Clady, while in Castlefinn flooding caused thousands of euro of damage to a community centre. In Stranorlar, a number of cars, parked at Jacksons Hotel, were washed away by the floods.

Severe flooding also affected Ballybofey and Donegal Town, and a number of homes were without power for a time.

Met Eireann forecast persistent rain in the west throughout Sunday afternoon, spreading eastwards to all areas later.

In Northern Ireland, a Met Office yellow rain warning was in place throughout the weekend through to 6pm on Sunday.

“Please be aware that this will lead to difficult driving conditions and could cause localised flooding, particularly in the west,” said the forecaster.

The Police Service of Northern Ireland and the Garda urged road users across the island to exercise extra caution due to surface water.