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Storm floods hospital again

EMERGENCY services were battling last night to contain a new flood at Letterkenny General Hospital, a year after €40m worth of damage was caused.

The alarm was raised just before 7pm as a massive thunder storm hit north Donegal, closing roads and causing widespread chaos.

A representative for the hospital said access to the emergency department was "very curtailed" after flood waters entered a rear door.

"There is a low level of flooding due to water leaking into the reception and administrative areas at the emergency department, but clinical areas have not been affected," they said.

"Patients already in the A&E and inpatients have not been affected."

People seeking treatment were being asked to attend their GP, Nowdoc or to go to Sligo Regional Hospital.

Last year flood waters poured in from a drain in the grounds of the hospital, but this time the water was sent cascading from overflowing drains on the main N56 road outside the site.

More than 40mm of rain fell in a 15 minute period, followed by several more heavy downpours which continued past 9pm.

There is widespread damage after the River Lennon burst its banks during the thunder storm. Dozens of homes have been flooded as a result.