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Northern Ireland floods: Your stories

A clear-up operation is continuing after flooding across Northern Ireland.

The emergency services are continuing to work to clear the Broadway underpass in Belfast, which at one point was submerged under 20ft of flood water.

BBC website readers have been sending in their pictures and explaining how the torrential rain has affected their communities.

DAVID CORDNER, GREENISLAND, NEAR BELFAST

Flooding in Northern Ireland - Saturday, 16 August. Photo: David Cordner
Flooding on Shore Road, Greenisland
The floods seemed to appear from nowhere.

One moment there was nothing there, and the next, the place was flooded.

We were watching the television at round 7pm on Saturday night when it happened, and stayed in - there was no point trying to go out anywhere.

Two days after the flooding. Monday, 18 August. Photo: David Cordner
Business as usual two days later
We were very fortunate because our home wasn't affected by the rain.

We've been in this house for two years and haven't had any problems.

But we've been told that the people who were in here before us were flooded as we're right on the coast, so if it's high tide then there can be problems.

The rain has all dissipated now. In fact, it went away quite quickly.

HEATHER GARRETT, AHOGHILL, BALLYMENA

I've seen flooding before around here, but not to this extent.

One man in the village said that he hadn't seen anything on this scale since 1939, the year the war broke out.

Tractor to the rescue. Photo: Shelley Garrett, Ahoghill
"Cars had to be pulled out by tractors."
The church was affected where I think the minister's room was flooded out, and the graveyard too.

And some shops, which would normally open on a Sunday, were closed while shopkeepers tried to clear up.

Those that have managed to open are getting on with business around all the mess.

Cars had to be pulled out by tractors, and one woman was rescued by the fire service.

We lost power for about two hours on Saturday night, but that's all fine now. Everything looks back to normal now.


LESLIE O'HAGAN, MEADOWSIDE, ANTRIM

It had been raining heavily throughout the evening and then the water started coming up through the floorboards.

We live next to a sewage pumping station and that was submerged.

A flooded back garden. Photo: Leslie O'Hagan
The flood trapped Leslie O'Hagan inside her house
The water level kept creeping up for hours until the rain stopped.

I went to bed and woke up a bit later when my son came home.

By that time the water was up to the front window, and halfway up the front door.

It had obviously come in with force because a fridge and a heavy sofa had been moved.

The water was gone by Sunday lunchtime, but we are left with a horrible smell coming from the sodden carpet and furniture.

I was bemused at the time, but I threw a little hissy fit because I was getting no help from the men around here.

JONATHAN COULTER, COOKSTOWN, COUNTY TYRONE

The Ballinderry river bursts its banks. Photo: Jonathan Coulter
The flooded banks of the Ballinderry River, County Tyrone
It was dramatic and happened incredibly quickly.

The water levels had started to rise at around 11am on Saturday and by 2pm the river had burst its banks.

Most of the water had gone by the following morning, and as it's quite a rural area there was no real damage to houses.

You can see evidence of the flood still though as a lot of waste and rubbish has been washed up and dumped along the river banks.





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