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Wednesday 16 April 2014

Belfast shopping area swamped as floods hit North

Northern Ireland was hit by widespread flooding today.

East Belfast and Omagh, Co Tyrone, where shopping centres were swamped, were among the worst affected areas.

Dozens of roads were closed because of the torrential rain, leaving the fire and rescue services responding to over 200 emergency calls inside half an hour.

Part of the Parliament Buildings at Stormont was flooded, damaging the fire alarm system. But business in the chamber continued uninterrupted.

Schools across Belfast had to shut due to the intensity of the rainfall.

And in Omagh, staff and customers had to be evacuated when flood water swept through a branch of Dunnes Stores.

One member of the management team said: ``We are just unable to clear here because of the volume of water.''

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