Northern Ireland

Bad weather causes disruption across Northern Ireland

Snowfalls and heavy rain caused disruption to many parts of Northern Ireland on Wednesday.

Counties in the north and west were worst affected with snow lying in areas including Draperstown, Dungiven, Ballymena, Ballyclare, Carrickmore, Castlerock and Cookstown.

Flooding was reported at 28 locations across Londonderry on Tuesday night.

There are already warnings about icy conditions in some parts on Wednesday night.

Earlier a landslide caused a 30-metre section of wall to collapse at Marlborough Terrace in Derry and crush two cars.

The Stenaline 22:30 GMT sailing from Belfast to Liverpool has been cancelled due to the weather. The next sailing will be at 10:30 GMT on Thursday.

In Derry, four homes in Ballymagroarty had to be evacuated after they were "severely affected".

There was also some flooding to six homes in the Foyle Springs area.

Around 40 sheep were rescued from drowning after the River Bann burst its banks near Coleraine.

Sean McCarry from the Community Rescue Service said they received a call from police asking if they could assist a local farmer.

"Due to really heavy weather, the River Bann overflowed into the fields just below Agivey Bridge," he said.

"We tasked our water rescue team and recovered over 40 sheep.

"We managed to save every one of them.

"We pretty much used the techniques we would use for rescuing people.

"At some stages we had 10 sheep inside an inflatable boat."

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