Residents across Inishowen are living in fear tonight after the peninsula was struck by Storm Eleanor.
Emergency services are dealing with flooding incidents in Carndonagh and Burnfoot, which are two of the worst hit areas.
At least one house in Burnfoot was flooded tonight and homes in areas that were devastated by flash flooding in August were again left at risk. (Picture above of the August flooding in Burnfoot)
In Carndonagh, the Tul na Rí was evacuated this evening and roads around the Carn area are said to be badly flooded in places. Residents have been advised that sandbags are available from the old Co-Op yard at Tul na Rí.
This comes less than five months after the peninsula was torn apart by flooding that wrecked havoc and left a trail of destruction behind it.
There are calls for urgent action to be taken in relation to installing flood defences.
“Again there has been fear and apprehension across Inishowen with regard to flooding,” the Mayor of the Inishowen Municipal District, Sinn Féin Councillor Jack Murray, told Donegal Daily.
“While thankfully it wasn’t at the same level as the devastating August floods, that is still little consolation to anyone affected this time.
“This again highlights the need to build flood defences in Burnfoot, Buncrana and elsewhere in order to ensure the protection of homes. It is wholly unacceptable that this work has not been done yet.
“Likewise, rivers across Inishowen need to be dredged as a matter of priority. The promises made by government ministers in the aftermath of the August floods have to be realised – and realised quickly.”
There is a lot of surface water across roads in Donegal, while debris is strewn across many roads with motorists urged to drive with extreme care and to avoid unnecessary journeys.
Meanwhile, residents in Killybegs are being warned that there is a ‘high probability’ of flooding at around 6am.
With the tides high at that time and heavy rainfall expected to continue through the night, the natives have been advised to take necessary precautions.
Many businesses and home owners have already put down sandbags in an attempt to keep it at bay.
Killybegs-based county councillor Niamh Kennedy has advised that residents on Bridge Street and the shore front should take particular caution.Tags: