Torrential downpour floods busy shopping mall

A major clean up is underway after torrential rain forced the closure of Magherafelt's Meadowlane shopping centre.

Friday, 1st June 2018, 11:22 pm
Updated Tuesday, 19th June 2018, 2:26 pm
Clean up underway at Meadowlane shopping centre

At least nine businesses were flooded at the Moneymore Road end of the centre around 7pm.

It is understood an underground car park became flooded before water poured through the doors into the shopping mall.

"Shoppers had to run out of the way of the water," said an eye witness. "It was crazy. The whole thing happened so quickly."

Fire and Rescue crews were quickly at the scene

The centre was evacuated and NI Fire and Rescue crews managed to bring the flooding under control.

Sandbags were being placed at the entrance to prevent flood water running from Rainey Street park into the undergrouknd car park.

Business owners have started cleaning up and counting the cost.

Several expressed the hope that they would be able to open for business in the morning.

Water flowed in from the ground floor car park in to the shopping mall

SDLP Mid Ulster Assembly member Patsy McGlone, who was at the scene, said it was "shocking" and expressed sympathy with all those affected. The Met Office has a Yellow warning in place for heavy rain.

Meadowlane was closed to shoppers
Meadowlane shopping centre in Magherafelt