Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service

Updated Statement: Flooding incidents – 25 August 2020

A Northern Ireland Fire & Rescue Service (NIFRS) Spokesperson said:

“Between midnight and 5pm today (25 August) we received 49 flooding related calls and attended 28 flooding incidents across the Newcastle, Maghera, Draperstown and Cookstown areas.

“Working in challenging conditions, Firefighters, with the support of other agencies, rescued 37 people from flood water. This included 9 people from a house on the River Road in Draperstown, along with 4 people outside the property who were trying to provide assistance before the arrival of Firefighters.

“With more rainfall expected late into this evening, we have redeployed resources to deal with any further flooding whilst maintaining our normal emergency response.

“Our Specialist Rescue Team, Flood Response Teams and local Crews in those areas continue to be on the ground working with our colleagues in the statutory and voluntary sectors to help keep people safe.

“In the event of serious flooding phone the NI Flooding Incident Line on 0300 2000 100. If there is a risk to life dial 999 immediately and we will respond.”

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