Flash floods hit north Leitrim

At least one home was flooded, a number of motorists were left stranded and several other homes and businesses were threatened by flash floods which struck Glenfarne, Dromahair and Manorhamilton on Monday.

At least one home was flooded, a number of motorists were left stranded and several other homes and businesses were threatened by flash floods which struck Glenfarne, Dromahair and Manorhamilton on Monday.

By Leonie McKiernan and Philip Rooney

At least one home was flooded, a number of motorists were left stranded and several other homes and businesses were threatened by flash floods which struck Glenfarne, Dromahair and Manorhamilton on Monday.

Despite the heavy rain which fell in the area during Monday morning, many local residents in both north Leitrim communities were shocked by the speed at which water levels rose with the River Bonet rising by over a foot in just 15 minutes.

The severe rain that fell in the village on Monday afternoon and the subsequent floods saw the River Bonet burst its banks resulting in the closure of roads around the area.

The football pitch in Dromahair was left submerged while the bridge that connects the field to the Sligo Road had water gushing over it. Similarly the bridge behind the Abbey Manor Hotel, leading to the walkway to Creevelea Abbey, also saw water gushing at a powerful pace over the top of the bridge prompting concerns for the structure.

To read the full story see this week’s Leitrim Observer.