The flooding outside his home on the
Derrynahone Road, Maze.
A FARMER has spoken of the five hour battle
he faced to save his cattle from the floods.
Ian Armstrong of Derrynahone Road, Maze
fought through five feet of water to save the 15 cows and calves
as the nearby River Lagan burst its banks.
Ian, who was helped by local assemblyman
Edwin Poots, explained: "I live right beside the Lagan which
started rising on Saturday evening so I phoned for sandbags and
was on the phone for 35 minutes. When no-one came out I phoned
Edwin and he phoned them and got them to us on Sunday morning."
Describing the scene, Ian said: "The flood is
well up the field, the house had 4-5 feet of water around it,
there is still 4-5 feet of water in the field and we had to
rescue the livestock.
"Edwin is the only person who helped me," he
continued, "the water was three feet from the front door when
the sandbags arrived and there was one foot of water in the
"Edwin helped me move the cattle, there
wasn't another person to help, he used his jeep and trailer to
help me move the cattle, he worked for hours to help me with his
son and daughter. He transferred them to the main farm, we were
at it for five hours.
cattle had to be moved, it took us a long time to get them out
of the field, with the water they were cut off, they were a bit
scared and didn't know what was happening."
Ian continued: "The people who live beside me
their bungalow is ruined. The water has gone down but if the
rain stays on it is still close to the house and there is 3-4
feet on the roads. We are the last people left on the road, I
don't know how we escaped it, although we are raised up a little
bit. Now we are trying to clear up, a lot of stuff came up from
"I've never seen it as bad as this and I have
owned this land for almost 20 years," he concluded.