Video of farmer trying to save silage bales from flooded north Armagh fields

A north Armagh farmer has spent the new year trying to save his silage bales after severe flooding.

Torrential rain over several days has caused flooding across many fields close to the River Bann and the shores of Lough Neagh.

Flooding

Flooding

Worst hit was the Charlestown Road and the Bann Foot areas of Derrytrasna between Lurgan and Portadown.

One farmer, Philip Wilson, is videod here trying to save silage bales from destruction after his fields became severely flooded.

Local SDLP Cllr Declan McAlinden revealed that traffic has been diverted from the Bann Foot Road via the Derrycrow Road due to serious flooding.

“It is very bad. It is causing a lot of problems for many people, particularly the elderly,” he said.

“Carers for elderly people in the area are having difficulty getting to their homes.

“I have never seen the Bann Foot so bad,” he said.

He is organising for sandbags to be delivered to homes in the Skeltons Rampart area today as homes are close to becoming flooded.

Meanwhile motorists have been warned of treacherous driving conditions as there are more warnings of further heavy rain.

TransportNI has advised caution to motorists.

“Given the recent wet weather, please be aware of an increased risk of both surface and river flooding as well as some local disruption to transport.”

The PSNI has also warned drivers to be careful.

“Due to anticipated heavy rain today and tomorrow Police are reminding motorists to take extra care on the roads, observe all road closed signage and to refrain from driving through heavily flooded areas.

“Officers would advise drivers to turn back if a road looks impassable and to pay attention to road signs warning of possible disruption and diversions.”