Relief scheme activated after NI hit with 'month of rain'

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An emergency payment scheme for flooding has been activated after about a month's worth of rain fell across Northern Ireland in one day.

The relief scheme allows those who have suffered severe inconvenience as a result of flooding to claim up to £1000 from their local council.

The intense weather caused havoc across the country on Saturday 28 July, which seen a number of homes and businesses ruined by the flooding.

The day seen more rainfall than the province usually does in the month of July.

Severe flooding was seen in Co Antrim (above) and Co Down. Credit: Sharon O'Neill

Belfast International Airport recorded 88.2mm of rainfall, compared with 81.2mm which is the average rainfall for the the month.

An amber weather warning had been issued by the Met Office for thunderstorms in parts of Northern Ireland on Saturday afternoon.

Cleanups are to continue throughout Sunday.

Motorists have been advised to drive with care in areas affected by the weather conditions as debris and detritus may still affect roads

It follows weeks of heatwaves, which saw a hosepipe ban being introduced at the end of June.

In the Republic, status yellow rainfall warnings were issued.

Downpours were expected to affect the whole of Leinster, Cavan, Monaghan, Donegal and Waterford.

The Road Safety Authority urged drivers to watch out for flash flooding and the risk of aquaplaning.

The AA reported very wet road conditions in parts of Wicklow, Meath, Mayo and Cavan.

The rainfall brings to an end a heatwave which has left parts of the south and east badly affected by dwindling water supplies in the country's reservoirs.

A hosepipe ban is still in place in the Republic.

Water engineering experts believe the situation will remain "critical" up to and possibly beyond mid-August, Irish Water said.