St Johnston school children rescued following heavy snowfall

Over 300 people, including a group of 15 schoolchildren from St Johnston. were rescued from the Glenshane Pass in County Derry last night after drifting snow caused traffic chaos.

A PSNI operation was launched in the area, with help sought from mountain rescue personnel across the North West, including the team in Donegal.

Coincidentally, it was the Donegal Mountain Rescue team which located the St Johnston bus.

Joe Pond was one of the rescuers.......

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The St Johnston group eventually arrived home at 5.30 this morning.

Other people had to stay in hastily arranged temporary accommodation. Initially, people were brought to a community centre in Dungiven, but had to be moved to the Roe Valley Centre in Limavady and a GAA premises in Maghera after a power cut hit the Dungiven facility.

There are a number of houses without power in Donegal as a result of the weather, with the effects of the snow being compounded by high winds.