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A man looks at a tractor which has fallen into a hole after a road collapsed in Iskaheen. Photo: Niall Carson/PA Wire

A man looks at a tractor which has fallen into a hole after a road collapsed in Iskaheen. Photo: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Michael Gubbins from Crockhill, Buncrana lost 162 silage bales to the floods and has been forced to house his stock. Photo: Caroline Quinn

Michael Gubbins from Crockhill, Buncrana lost 162 silage bales to the floods and has been forced to house his stock. Photo: Caroline Quinn

Farmer Martin Grant pictured with one of his father-in-law's dead cows. He also lost another cow and a calf.  Ballymagowan, Donegal. Photo: Caroline Quinn

Farmer Martin Grant pictured with one of his father-in-law's dead cows. He also lost another cow and a calf. Ballymagowan, Donegal. Photo: Caroline Quinn

The damage caused by flooding.

The damage caused by flooding.

Paddy McLoughlin from Carndonough

Paddy McLoughlin from Carndonough

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A man looks at a tractor which has fallen into a hole after a road collapsed in Iskaheen. Photo: Niall Carson/PA Wire

The true cost of last week's floods in Donegal and the north west will only become known in the weeks and months ahead as farmers assess livestock losses, damage to buildings and the impact on pasture and crops.

For now, one dairy farmer says he is grateful to be alive following a near-death experience when he and his son managed to escape from their Massey Ferguson tractor with seconds to spare during last week's freak weather event.


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