11/12/2015

Number Of Roads Closed In Co Fermanagh

A number of roads have been closed in Co Fermanagh due to flooding.

Rivers Agency Chief Executive David Porter said: "Water levels at Upper Lough Erne have stopped rising, at present, and remains approximately 200mm below the levels we saw in 2009. However, the Met Office has advised us that another period of heavy rain is likely and this may cause levels to rise. Twenty roads are already closed due to the flooding.
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"Rivers Agency and the Electricity Supply Board (ESB) in the south are responsible for controlling the Lough levels and we are working closely to ensure everything can be done to reduce the levels and therefore the impact of any flooding."

A combination of generation and spilling at the hydroelectric power stations at Cliff and Ballyshannon in Donegal is ongoing to ensure that water can leave the Erne system as quickly as it can flow down to the dams.

A TransportNI spokesman said: "Drivers should not enter flood water that is moving or is more than four inches deep and do not, under any circumstances, drive through fast flowing water as your car could be swept away.

"In more shallow but passable water, avoid creating bow waves which can damage your car engine and remember to test your brakes after leaving the water. Drivers should also slow down."

(CD)

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