FLOODED HOSPITAL ON ALERT FOR MORE HEAVY RAIN

Heavy rain caused extensive flooding in Letterkenny General Hospital last week

Heavy rain caused extensive flooding in Letterkenny General Hospital last week

IT NEVER rains but it pours on a hospital washed out by a recent flood.

Now Letterkenny General Hospital in Donegal is bracing itself for another heavy deluge from the skies above.

The only thing is the weathermen just can’t agree on when exactly the showers will strike.

In the meantime, contractors are working around the clock to sandbag a stream which caused the flooding at Letterkenny General Hospital last week.

Forecasters at the Republic’s Met Eireann weather service says torrential downpours are on the way later today and tomorrow.

The organisation has issued a flood warning.

However, the BBC in Northern Ireland doesn’t believe that Donegal will get the predicted rainfall until tomorrow, Thursday.

Workmen, however, are getting prepared just in case..

They worked all day yesterday filling sandbags and dredging the stream.

“We need to make sure if we get another thunder storm like the one last Friday that there is no repeat of the flooding,” said one worker busy filling sandbags.

“A lot of debris has been removed but we are not taking any chances.

“We’re putting sandbags along the stream to prevent another deluge heading down towards the hospital.”

Letterkenny General Hospital currently running at 40 per cent below capacity

Letterkenny General Hospital currently running at 40 per cent below capacity

Met Eireann says the thunder storms will reach Donegal this evening.

All forecasters agree that Thursday will be a wash-out in Donegal.

“Thursday will be wet with spells of heavy or thundery rain in many areas and a risk of flooding, especially in the north west,” says Met Eireann.

The hospital is currently running at 40 per cent capacity.

Its accident and emergency department was a wash out and is now being moved to another part of the building.

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