Moyola bursts its banks

16 August 2008
After almost 12 solid hours of torrential rain the Moyola has reached a level of flooding, rarely if ever seen in living memory.
Flood water brought traffic to a standstill as the Moyola burst its banks at Tobermore, flooding the Tobermore Football Club grounds and the golf driving range, with the club's fishing pond lost in a virtual sea.
Upstream in the Draperstown area, the Moyola covered the footbridge on the Mulnavoo Road, while the Douglas also burst its banks.
Saturday's monsoon has brought untold devastation to several households, farmers and local organisations in the local area.
The effects on the fish in the river could also be adverse, with many fish at risk from stranding in fields and roads.
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The Charity Competition was of course cancelled today due to high water.
Tommy McGrath reports: "We have collected 800 to date. We wish to thank Gerard McCann of Copper Industries, Philip Maguire of Moss Joinery, Surespray, Martin Lagan of Milligan Windows, Willie Darragh of Spectrum Flooring.
"The competition has been rescheduled for the 30th August, same time and BBQ to follow."
Anyone with pictures of the 'Big Flood' should email them to
A number of salmon have been caught in the last week, with Club Chairman Seamus Donnelly ruling himself out of the wooden spoon race with a 'lovely 6lb fresh salmon from the Scotch Mill pool at Castledawson'  - tube fly.
John McKenna left these comments on the guestbook about the flood:
"I have just been out to see the Moyola at Tobermore Bridge.There is a big crowd there to see what is probably the biggest flood for decades. The water is pouring out through the football club gates and the Bracagh road is impassable.
"I know this situation is adverse from an angling point of view but what worries me most is the liklehood of some pen-pushers suggesting more dredging and drainage We need to be ready to argue the case that the floodind is as likely to be the result of over-drainage from the mountain tpos down and well as the destruction of our boggy lands.
"By the way members should be on the lookout for fish being trapped in puddles as the water recedes. I once rescued 24 minnows from amodest puddle above Tobermore Bridge a couple of years ago. It is possible that fish higher up the river will be in danger from stranding this flood."
Michael McGlade

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