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Woman rescued from car caught in flooding as Storm Agnes chaos continues

Waves batter Whitehead in Co Antrim as Storm Agnes raged on Wednesday. Picture by Mal McCann
Staff reporter

A woman has been rescued from her submerged car in Co Derry after it was swept away by flooding caused by Storm Agnes.

The rescue took place in the Draperstown area on Wednesday as the storm battered Ireland with heavy wind and rain.

It is understood the car was swept into the River Moyola as it attempted to pass a flooded road close to the Mulnavoo Bridge area.

The driver was eventually rescued by a specialist team of firefighters and taken to hospital for treatment for shock and hypothermia.

The NI Fire and Rescue Service advised motorists not to attempt to drive through flooded roads or fords during the storm, and not to travel in heavy rain unless absolutely necessary.

Meanwhile, thousands of homes across the north were left without power as a result of the storm, with properties in counties Armagh, Down and Tyrone most affected.

Flights at Belfast City Airport were also cancelled on Wednesday, while the Met Office said a yellow weather warning for wind was in place until 7am on Thursday morning.

Stormont's Department for Infrastructure (DfI) has urged caution from road users in the heavy wind and rain, and warned that ongoing strike action by union members may affect the department staff's ability to deal with any damage caused.


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