Northern Ireland Fire & Rescue Service (NIFRS) have revealed that between midnight and 8pm on Tuesday, they responded to 28 flood related incidents as a result of heavy rainfall.
NIFRS also revealed that their firefighters rescued 37 people in various circumstances as a result of the flooding including those ‘trapped by flood water in their cars or from properties’.
The multiagency response includesd officers from the PSNI, Coastguard Teams, Ambulance Service and Volunteer Agencies.
Speaking about the response to the flooding, NIFRS said: “This was a very challenging period for our Regional Control Centre Personnel. They deployed Flood Rescue Teams and our Specialist Rescue Team to work alongside local operational crews.”
With weather condition improving for now, the response by NIFRS has been scaled back, but the conditions will be monitored should services need to be redeployed.
Continuing the spokesperson went on the say:
“I would like to take this opportunity to remind the public that in the event of serious flooding to phone the NI Flooding Incident Line on 0300 2000 100. If there is a risk to life dial 999 immediately and we will respond.”