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Wind and rain causing havoc on Co Armagh roads

Armagh to Keady Road
Armagh to Keady Road. Photo by Blink-Box Photography

High winds and heavy rain is causing disruption to motorists across County Armagh this afternoon (Tuesday).

Drivers are being urged to to take extra caution, especially on the main Armagh to Keady Road, which has flooded at an accident blackspot.

There are also issues on the main Newtownhamilton and Tassagh Roads with surface water causing problems on the Hamiltonsbawn/Markethill Road in Tandragee.

SDLP Councillor Grainne O’Neill says he has reported a fallen tree at the entrance to St Patrick’s Graveyard off Daires Willows (pictured below).

A fallen tree close to St Patricks cemetery in Armagh

Flooding in Keady. Photo: Councillor Thomas O’Hanlon

SDLP Councillor Thomas O’Hanlon said he is dealing with a lot of flooding reports across the Keady area. Been liasing with Rivers Agency and Roads Service.

He has reported issues at Crossmore Gardens, St Matthew’s, Rathmoyle, Granemore Road, Castleblaney Road, Lower Clea Road, Tassagh Road, Dundrum Road, Keady Road at Beechill.

“If your property is at risk of flooding please get in touch. Two Squads from Rivers Agency are in the area dealing with issues,” said Councillor O’Hanlon.

Drumhillary Road Derrynoose where part of the bank has come away. Photo: Sinn Fein Councillor Darren McNally

Elsewhere, there are approximately 240 homes without power in the Newry area. An engineering team are on their way, with an estimated return to power of around 6pm.

The Met Office has issued a yellow weather warning for both wind and rain, which remain in place until midnight, with gusts in excess of 60mph.

In spite of the atrocious conditions, it is a very mild day, with temperatures between 12 and 14 degrees.

The Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs advised the public not to visit forests, country parks or nature reserves.

You should note the following numbers in case of emergency:

Northern Ireland Electricity Networks – 03457 643 643
NI Gas Emergency Service – 0800 002 001
Northern Ireland Water Waterline – 03457 440 088
Flooding Incident Line – 0300 2000 100
Housing Executive – 03448 920 901
Report a fallen tree or blocked road

You can report a fallen tree or blocked road at the following link: Report a fallen tree or blocked road

If your power is off and you want to report it or get more information, contact NIE Networks or visit their website: NIE Networks Customer Helpline: 03457 643 643; Power cuts

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