Donegal flooding: Yellow rainfall warning in effect as Defence Forces move in

Met Éireann says there’s more bad weather on the way for Donegal.

It’s issued a status yellow rainfall warning that’s effective until 6 o’clock this evening.

It’s warning of further spells of heavy rain, with a potential for 25 to 40mm to fall in 24 hours in County Donegal.

The rain will be heaviest on higher ground.

The warning is also in place for counties Galway, Leitrim, Mayo and Sligo until 3 o clock this afternoon.

Albert Doherty – Deputy Mayor of the Innishowen Municipal District – says people are worried:

30 members of the Defence Force are joining the clean up operation in Donegal this morning.

They’ve been deployed to Inishowen to assist the County Council while they continue to assess the extent of the damage caused by Tuesday nights heavy rainfall.

Up to 250 homes were affected with a number of people in Burnfoot left homeless and in need of emergency accommodation.

Extreme flooding also caused major infrastructure damage in the county with a number of bridges and roads in need of repair.

Defence Minister Paul Kehoe says it’s been a major crisis for the people of Donegal:

The Government will also hold an an inter-agency meeting this morning to co-ordinate a national response to the flooding crisis.

Chief Whip and Donegal Minister Joe McHugh says its important people’s voices are listened to:

In a video message Taoseach Leo Varadkar says he’s shocked at the extensive damage, adding that it was important the response involved various agencies.

The Government announced yesterday that it will provide emergency funds to support families and individuals affected.

But Donegal Fianna Fáil TD Charlie McConalogue says it needs to go further – and include businesses and community groups: