Northern Ireland

Flooding: Upper Lough Erne water level rises by two inches in 24 hours

The scene at Enniskillen bus depot following more rainfall
Image caption The scene at Enniskillen bus depot following more rainfall

The water level of Upper Lough Erne in County Fermanagh has risen by 2in (5cm) over the last 24 hours following further rainfall in the area.

The Department of Agriculture and Rural Development said the water level was now 157ft 10in (48.1m).

An emergency number has been set up by Fermanagh and Omagh District Council for anyone affected. It is 07711 388 566.

Callers will have their details taken and be advised of assistance.

Image caption Vehicles on the road close to the entrance of the Lakeland Forum
Image caption Sandbags on the jetty at Manor House Marine at Killadeas on Lower Lough Erne to stop it floating away
Image caption A number of roads remain closed due to the flooding

The council said Red Cross Neighbourhood Link volunteers will go out to those affected by road closures and who "cannot make essential journeys".

It said it was "co-ordinating the multi agency response to the current flooding emergency".

Image caption Roads in counties Tyrone and Fermanagh were worst affected by flooding

It said it was working with the Red Cross, Western Health & Social Care Trust, Rivers Agency, and Northern Ireland Fire & Rescue Service to "support those directly affected and address their immediate needs".

At least 19 roads in the county are closed, as flooding continues to affect parts of Northern Ireland in the wake of Storm Desmond at the weekend.

The Rivers Agency said prolonged rainfall meant there was saturated ground and high water levels in lakes and rivers.

Image caption The water level of Upper Lough Erne has risen by 2in (5cm) over the last 24 hours

On Wednesday, its chief executive, David Porter, said that they were monitoring the situation.

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