Lough Neagh water level has ‘never been so high’

Lough Neagh Rescue station at Moortown on Tuesday evening
Lough Neagh Rescue station at Moortown on Tuesday evening

Lough Neagh is at the highest level it has ever been - and is so high that it has flooded the local lough rescue station.

“The lough has never been so high in my memory,” said Denis Quinn, a retired fisherman from Ardboe Parish. “You should see it at Kinturk - it is over both sides of the road.”

The lough has expanded so much thanks to the recent storms that the Lough Neagh Rescue Centre at Battery Point in Moortown is flooding and have been forced to deploy sandbags in an effort to protect the lough side portion of the building.

A spokesperson for Lough Neagh Rescue said: “Lough Neagh Rescue has taken every precaution to protect its equipment.

“Sand bags have been placed around Battery harbour and all equipment has been stored up high, but when the wind was at its worst yesterday there was nothing to stop the swell of the water and it was hitting up against the side of the building.

“Extra water flowing into the lough from Northern Ireland’s rivers have seen water levels increase to over three feet above winter levels and as Lough Neagh can only get rid of an inch of water a day - which is a lot from a lake of 154sq miles - it has led to some flooding around the lough shore.”

Lough Neagh Rescue station at Moortown on Tuesday evening

Lough Neagh Rescue station at Moortown on Tuesday evening

Water levels have increased to over three feet above winter levels - Lough Neagh can only get rid of an inch of water a day

Lough Neagh Rescue Spokesman
Lough Neagh Rescue's emergency slipway

Lough Neagh Rescue's emergency slipway

View from the back of Lough Neagh Rescue station

View from the back of Lough Neagh Rescue station

Debris in the Battery Harbour.

Debris in the Battery Harbour.