Sinn Féin MLA Chris Hazzard said that immediate action needs to be taken if we are to resolve the issue of flooding.
Speaking after flash floods in Newcastle Mr. Hazzard said:
“Every year we see homes ruined and people’s lives devastated due to flooding so action is needed now if we are to prevent future incidents. Following last week’s flooding in Belfast and the Glens of Antrim and unfortunately today it is the residents of Newcastle who are faced with this destruction.
“The main reason for the flooding seems to be lack of infrastructure and maintenance of our drainage system. While there has been a neglect of the system under direct rule we must now take on the responsibility of updating it.
“We must prioritise areas that are prone to flooding while continuing to update the overall system.
“I intend to raise the issue at the Environmental Committee to see what resources can used to bring our drainage system into the 21st century at a faster rate than is presently happening