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Clean-up operation underway in Co Tyrone village following severe flooding

Sixty firefighters responded to dozens of calls for help following heavy downpours

A CLEAN-UP operation is underway in a Co Tyrone village today following severe flooding.

Residents were evacuated from properties in Sion Mills on Sunday night after up to 3ft of water entered some properties.

Homes were flooded in the Main Street area following the severe rain, with 60 firefighters responding to dozens of calls for help following heavy downpours after 6pm.

Two specialist water teams and six appliances from the Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service were involved in the rescue effort.

A fire service statement said: "A combination of local crews and specialist water rescue teams worked extremely hard in challenging conditions, to assist those immediately impacted by the flooding".

Several roads were closed as emergency services dealt with the situation, including part of the main A5 road. Other areas affected included Garden Terrace, Parkside Gardens and Melmount Road.

High water was also recorded in Lisnaskea in Co Fermanagh.

Sinn Féin MP Órfhlaith Begley said more than 30 homes were flooded in the Main Street area of Sion Mills "following severe rain, with flood waters several feet high in some areas."

"This flooding has been extremely distressing for local residents and every effort must be made to support them and to ensure it does not happen again," she said.

An incident centre was established at McGillon's garage in the village, the West Tyrone MP added.

Melvin Hall Community Centre was also opened for anyone who had to leave their home, with more than 100 calls made to the Department for Infrastructure flooding helpline.

More than 1,000 sandbags were also distributed in the village.

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