How one farmer escaped from his sinking tractor in the floods
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.
Seamus McColgan, from Iskaheen, Muff, in the county was travelling home with his 40-year-old son at around 10pm last Tuesday when they pulled in on a bridge for an approaching car to pass. The bridge had 12 inches of water on it and he quickly noticed that his tractor was beginning to sink into the bridge.
"The front of the tractor started going forward into the ground so I pulled the handbrake and switched off the engine. It started to go further and further in so we tried to get out and we managed to scramble out the back windscreen window.
The 65-year-old injured his hip and his son hurt his wrist during the incident, but Mr McColgan says that they are lucky to be alive.
"We were so lucky to get out because within five seconds it was down at the bottom of the river and we would've been too. All we could do was watch it go down."
Tillage farmer Seamus Lynch is battling to save up to €90,000 worth of crops from flooded fields.
Around 15ac of potatoes and 40ac of barley were left under water as a result of the torrential rain and floods.