Motorist’s journey stopped short by mountain landslide as Storm Francis makes its mark

FOR PEAT'S SAKE ... Andy McCurdy found his journey blocked at Slieveanorra after a peaty landslide. PICTURE KEVIN MCAULEY/MCAULEY MULTIMEDIA

A mountain road between the Ballymoney area and the Glens was blocked after a major landslide which is expected to take days to clear.

The landslide at Slieveanorra near Loughgiel came as Storm Francis caused disruption to many parts of Northern Ireland on Tuesday.

MUCKY OLD DAY… The mucky landslide at Slieveanorra.


Many rivers like in Glenarm were extremely swollen by heavy rains.


Glenarm riverside resident Paul Faith was worried for a time that his property could be inundated but the rain stopped.

“Thankfully no flooding this time,” he said.

At Slieveanorra, Ballymoney man Andy McCurdy’s journey was brought to a halt when he was on his way to visit with friends in Cushendun.

Hundreds of tonnes of peat and soil has come off the mountain blocking the road.

It is expected that the road will be closed for some time as it will be quite a operation to clear the landslide.

Closure signs were put up at paths along the River Braid at Ballymena’s Ecos Park.

The Council put this post on social media.


In Ballycastle surfers were taking advantage of the waves.

SURFS UP…Braving the surf at Ballycastle Beach during Storm Francis on Tuesday afternoon. PICTURE KEVIN MCAULEY/MCAULEY MULTIMEDIA



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