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21/02/20 Donegal County Council remains in a heightened state of readiness for current period of unsettled weather


Met Éireann have issued a status yellow wind warning and a status yellow rain warning for County Donegal starting from 3.00am on Friday 21st to 3.00am on Saturday 22nd February. Donegal County Council have activated their Severe Weather Assessment Team and are continuing to monitor the evolving situation and all Council resources are at a heightened state of readiness in response to this period of unsettled weather.


The weather forecasts suggest that there will be a sustained period of rainfall over the weekend and into next week. As a result of this ongoing rainfall, and taken in the context of already elevated river levels and saturated ground conditions, there remains a strong likelihood of flooding across the county over the next number of days.


The European Flood Awareness Service (EFAS) has also indicated that there is a very high probability of flooding occurring in and around the River Foyle catchment which would indicate that the towns of Ballybofey / Stranorlar, Lifford, Castlefinn and St. Johnston being the most at risk, with the highest risk periods being late Saturday and into Sunday.


Given the likely wide-spread nature of flooding that may occur, and the limitations on Council resources to respond to all possible locations, the Council is asking the properties owners / occupiers in areas susceptible to surface water flooding, to take proactive measures themselves including erecting flood barriers / sandbags to protect their properties.


Donegal County Council can be contacted during normal business hours on 074 91 53900 and in the event of an out of hours emergency the Council can be contacted on 074 91 72288.  For emergencies requiring the assistance of the Fire Service call 999 or 112.


You can keep up to date on conditions by signing up for free alerts to your phone by registering at or by following Donegal County Council on Facebook @Donegalcoco or on Twitter @DonegalCouncil.

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