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No love for Ophelia in the Roe Valley

Thursday, 19 October 2017

No love for Ophelia in the Roe Valley thumbnailLimavady was deserted on Monday as local shops, government offices and businesses closed early due to Storm Olphelia

THE Roe Valley is today (Tuesday) recovering from the aftermath of Storm Ophelia after it swept across the province with a vengeance on Monday.

The Birren Road and Legavallon Road in Dungiven were closed due to fallen trees while the Feeny Road was closed for a time to clear branches.

A tree had also fallen on the Coleraine Mountain Road. All roads are now re-opened.

The Roe Valley Country Park and Ness Country Park were both closed amid concerns that strong winds could wreak havoc and put the public in danger. Shops, banks, businesses and schools were also shut as anxious residents battened down the hatches in preparation for the aftermath of the storm.

Government buildings, including the Roe Valley Arts & Cultural Centre and the Roe Valley Leisure, as well as council's civic amenity site, were also closed from 2pm yesterday (Monday).

An amber wind warning for Northern Ireland had prompted the Department of Education to advise all schools to close, with the most severe weather originally forecast to strike when pupils were due to leave school. Meanwhile the Department for the Economy advised all Further Education colleges to shut, giving students an unexpected long weekend off.

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