British troops were busy on Monday (17 August) helping to repair damage in Belfast caused by floods over the week-end.
British troops were busy on Monday (17 August) helping to repair damage in Belfast caused by floods over the week-end. Torrential rain and gales inundated the strife-torn Northern irish capital in the worst floods it has ever known.
Clearing up in Belfast began in earnest on Monday as mud was hosed from streets and houses were cleaned up following the floods which left large sections of the city under as much as four feet (1.2 Metres). Troops and police worked alongside Catholics and Protestants in the very areas where last year fire-bombs and rocks were thrown in religious rioting. The water has receded, but many streets are covered with slimy mud.
Families who were forced from their homes by the floods began moving back, and some found their ground floor rooms under a thick coat of mud. Other people had to spend a second night in emergency centres.
The Northern Ireland Parliament was meeting on Monday night in emergency session to decide on what help could be given flood victims. The cost of repairs is estimated at about one million Pounds Sterling. More than 5,000 telephones are still out of action and it's expected to be several days before everything is back to normal.