Deluge causes flooding problems

Floods at Mourne Road after the torrential downpour in 1966. INLM4612-210
Floods at Mourne Road after the torrential downpour in 1966. INLM4612-210
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ALMOST an inch of rain fell within four hours in Lurgan one day in June 1966.

It was the heaviest deluge to hit the town for a number of years.

The torrential downpour flooded houses, blocked roads, made driving conditions hazardous and soaked hundreds of unwary pedestrians and cyclists.

At Carrick Drive two families had to evacuate when over taxed sewers spilled surplus water into the prefab bungalows through the toilets.

Filthy water inside the toilet reached a depth of about a foot.

Carpets, wallpaper and furniture were destroyed.

The borough surveyor and a team of workmen laboured long into the night at the numerous trouble spots.

They kept a watchful eye on the affected areas and erected signs and lights to warn motorists.

In the Mourneview estate gullies and sewers failed to cope with the storm water draining from the nearby fields and both Pollock Park and Mourne Road were blocked for a time.

Homes in Kelly Gardens, Kilwilke, were threatened by rising floods but these subsided and no damage was caused to property.