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Last Updated: Sunday August 17 2008 12:27 GMT

In pics: Flooding chaos in Northern Ireland

Firemen

A huge clean-up operation is underway in Northern Ireland, after three-quarters of the rain expected to fall in the whole of August fell on Saturday.

A car in the severe floods on the Westlink area of Belfast, Northern Ireland

Roads turned into rivers, with ALL the main roads in and out of Belfast, the capital city, affected.

A motorist is caught in the severe floods on the Westlink area of Belfast, Northern Ireland

Some cars struggled to make it through the deep flood waters...

A car abandoned on the Westlink Road is seen at the junction with the M1 Motorway in Belfast, Northern Ireland

But some didn't make it through at all, and had to be abandoned.

Bridge

Rivers burst their banks, and bridges were washed away.

People standing outside their homes

Police warned people not to leave their houses, but in Newcastle, County Down, 80 people were forced from their homes, and had to shelter in a community centre.

Fire engine

Emergency services worked through the night to repair the damage, and are now hoping the weather will hold long enough to get things back to normal.