Northern Ireland

Armagh suffers flash flood misery

Residents in Armagh city have said flash flooding in the area on Wednesday night was the worst seen there in recent years.

The flooding began due to heavy rain at about 1700 BST.

The water is believed to have now subsided but at its worst was between 1ft and 1ft 6ins deep.

Sinn Fein councillor Noel Sheridan said shops and businesses in the Ogle Street and Railway Street areas were worst affected.

He said that sandbags had been put in place as quickly as possible.

He added: "The problem is the volume of water which fell over a short period of time was something you simply could not plan for.

"My thoughts are with those who have been directly affected."

Meanwhile, in Newcastle in County Down, a couple from Scotland found themselves trapped at the foot of the Mourne Mountains by fast flowing streams after a downpour.

The couple were rescued from the Bloody Bridge area by the South Down Coastguard while a helicopter was also dispatched from Dublin to help in the rescue.