Flash flood misery

Wather Skelly, JA Lyttle Banbridge.
Wather Skelly, JA Lyttle Banbridge.

Flash flooding in Banbridge has caused thousands of pounds worth of damage to one of the town’s best known shops.

The back of JA Lyttle’s store in Bridge Street fell victim to the elements after thunderstorms caused floods to form in the Bridge Street and Church Street area of the town at around 2pm yesterday (Monday).

Up to two inches of rain fell, causing damage to carpets and other pieces of furniture in the well-known store.

“The rain was just so intense that the drains could not cope,” said Stephen Lyttle.

“The water started running from them, and then the manhole covers popped up as they struggled to cope.

“There was nothing we could do apart from try and salvage what we had.

“I wouldn’t like to guess how much damage has been caused but I would say it would run into thousands of pounds. There are suites, tables and all sorts which are ruined.”

Because the flooding had been limited to the back of the shop Stephen said it was still very much business as usual.

Meanwhile Leader readers sent us photos via Facebook of cars struggling through large floods at the bottom of the Lurgan Road.

However, at the time of going to press on Monday afternoon, the authorities had no reports of any flooding.

A Roads Service spokesperson said: “Roads Service have received no reports of flooding in the Lurgan Road/Bridge Street area and are currently investigating this issue and will take appropriate action as required.”

Similar weather conditions look likely throughout the week, with Tuesday starting bright but bringing heavy showers in the afternoon.

You can keep up to date with the weather on our website, while we have a forecast for the rest of the week inside.

Meanwhile flooding can be reported using the Flooding Incident Line on 0300 2000 100.