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Floods continue to disrupt roads

Further rain has been forecast for County Fermanagh

The Rivers Agency in County Fermanagh has been pumping water and laying sandbags in Enniskillen as Lough Erne continues to rise to record levels.

Flooding has caused disruption to roads and businesses throughout the county.

In Dungannon, the Artasooly Road has closed after a nearby river burst its bank.

In County Antrim, a section of Frosses Road has reopened after being closed after flooding exposed the root system of a tree.

The Roads Service said a decision was taken to fell the tree after heavy winds were forecast.

Record high

Lough Erne is now at its highest level since records began in the 1950s and the waters are predicted to rise.

At the Share Centre in Lisnaskea water from the lough has flowed into the swimming pool. Gym equipment at the outdoor centre is also under water.

Share centre manager Oliver Wilkinson said: "We're being told that we should expect about another foot of water probably tomorrow.

"It's not going to get much worse for us, it's as bad as bad can be for us just at the moment."

On Thursday, flooding closed roads and submerged farmland after 32 days of consecutive rain.

Roads in Enniskillen, Church Hill, Derrylin, Wattle Bridge and Lisnaskea were flooded.

Tractors were used to keep a primary school in the townland of Boho open after flooding stopped teachers from getting to work.

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Flooding in County Armagh

In the Republic of Ireland more than 200 members of the military have been deployed to help deal with flooding.

Homes and businesses in Cork city were flooded when the River Lee burst its banks and the collapse of a quay wall beside Mercy Hospital forced the closure of the Accident and Emergency unit.

The Electricity Supply Board said its dam at Inniscarra was dealing with eight times the amount of water it normally handles, and that they had been forced to release water downstream towards the city.

In Galway, a coastguard helicopter rescued a family whose house was surrounded by rising floodwaters.

All five members of the family, including an 87-year-old woman, were winched from the house in Kilbeacanty by the crew in an operation that lasted almost three hours.

The west and south of the country have been worst affected, with up to one metre of water in some areas.

A number of roads are closed and some bus and rail services cancelled. People have been advised not to travel unless necessary.



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