North battered by Storm Gerrit

Flooding and high winds reported across Ireland and Britain

Stormy scenes in Newcastle Co Down as heavy rain and winds from Storm Gerrit. PICTURE: MAL MCCANN (Mal McCann)

Infrastructure chiefs received 200 “high priority” incident reports on as Storm Gerrit battered parts of the north on Wednesday.

The storm caused widespread flooding as it swept across Ireland and Britain.

Gusts up to 62mph hammered the Co Down coast and brought flooding to several areas across the north as the storm reached its height.

Weather alerts had been issued as the Atlantic Storm approached with a yellow wind and rain warning issued between 2am-10am on Wednesday.

The Department for infrastructure has confirmed that it received 200 high priority incident reports from midnight on Wednesday along with 145 flooding enquiries located mainly in eastern areas and the Belfast region.

A spokeswoman said there were 33 fallen tree/branch incidents obstructing traffic on roads and that sandbags were deployed in a number of areas.

The severe weather led to the closure of several roads, including the Antrim Coast Road near Glenarm, County Antrim and the Blaris Road in Lisburn.

Parts of Co Down appear to have been particularly badly hit by the storm.

Orlock Head in County Down recorded a gust of 62mph while a wind speed of 59mph gusts was registered at Ballypatrick in County Antrim.

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Coastal towns were hit hard with large waves crashing into sea walls in several areas, including Donaghadee in County Down.

In Murlough, County Down, 31mm of rain was recorded, while 29mm fell at Stormont, Lough Fea in County Tyrone and Banagher in County Derrry.

It has also been reported that car parks at Crawfordsburn Country Park, in County Down, were also closed as result of flooding.

Flooding in Newcastle, Co Down. Picture: Paul Toner

There was fresh flooding in Newcastle Co Down with several homes in the seaside town cut off by rising flood water.

Paul Toner took to X, formerly known as Twitter, to say his father’s home in the Marguerite Park area of the town had suffered from flooding for the second time in six weeks.

“How can this continue to happen. Neighbours had their houses wrecked, repaired, refurbished and ruined again,” he wrote.

Mr Toner blamed road authorities for the flooding.

“Newcastle county down, Road Service is the issue, it’s a low point in their system and now it’s happening everytime there is heavy rain almost,” he wrote.

“Their main’s system bottlenecks here and now neighbours have their homes wrecked again.

“Shouldn’t be allowed to happen.”

A spokesperson for the Department for Infrastructure said: “DfI is aware of flooding in the Marguerite Park area of Newcastle which can be attributed to large accumulations of surface water following intensive rainfall.

“Sandbags were deployed to properties in the area.

“DfI staff remain on the ground to assist as required.

“The public are advised to report flooding to the flooding incident line: 0300 2000 100.”