A trail of destruction is left by an electrical storm in county Leitrim.

The road between Ballinaglera and Ballinamore in County Leitrim has been made virtually impassable as a result of a landslide caused by electrical storms. Hundreds of tonnes of mud and turf came tumbling down from the Sliabh an Iarainn mountain range destroying crops, obliterating land divisions and causing havoc in the local communities. 

Reporter Tommie Gorman talks to some locals about how the damage has caused chaos for the local community.

Nobody was injured by the landslide but many had miraculous escapes.

As a result of the landslide the nearby Yellow River broke its banks resulting in flooding and destruction. 

The transport and communication difficulties created in the area are obvious.

One of the oldest men in the parish, Phil McGourty says he has never before witnessed such destruction. Another local man Michael Wynne witnessed his flock of sheep being taken away by the flood. 

While most areas in the country affected by the storm are now back to normal, the same can not be said in county Leitrim. 

An RTÉ News report by Tommie Gorman broadcast on 3 July 1986.