07 August 1997
Floods cause havoc

FLOODING caused £14m-worth of damage to crops in the Republic of Ireland this week.

The torrential rain also spread across England after floods hit the south west and Wales, forcing the cancellation of agricultural and flower shows.

A 67-year-old Irish farmer was found dead in a sodden field in Ballyvaughan, Co Clare. He was believed to have drowned in the floods that swept the Republic.

  • Farmers planting crops could benefit from four-year weather forecasts. The possibility of these has moved a step closer with the discovery by British scientists of a vast temperature cycle in the North Atlantic. They believe this may be playing a crucial role in shaping the climate over western Europe severalyears ahead.

  • The Daily Telegraph 07/08/97 page 5
  • The Times 07/08/97 page 1, page 20
  • The Independent 07/08/97 page 1
  • The Guardian 07/08/97 page 6