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Ministers review actions following June flooding in Omagh

14 November, 2007

Sinn Féin's Agriculture and Rural Development Minister Michelle Gildernew MP MLA and Regional Development Minister Conor Murphy have jointly addressed Omagh Council on flood alleviation in the Omagh area.

Both Ministers met with Omagh District Council today to discuss a range of issues, including flood alleviation measures in the area in light of the serious flooding incident on June 12 2007.

Before the meeting the Ministers jointly visited the Lammey Drive site of yesterday's tragic house fire, meeting with the Emergency Services, the local community and locally elected representatives. Both Ministers offered their deepest condolences to the family, the wider Omagh community and to all those effected by the tragedy.

Speaking after the meeting Minister Gildernew said:

"Today's meeting has provided an important opportunity for both me and my Executive colleague Conor Murphy to listen to local concerns regarding this year's flooding and outline measures that have been taken or programmed to reduce the risk of a reoccurrence. I saw at first hand today the areas affected by the flooding and wish to commend the efforts of Omagh District Council and the other emergency Services and agency staff who responded to this event.

"I was also pleased that we have been able to announce a joined up approach and a cross-departmental review of existing drainage infrastructure in the central Scarffe's Entry / Johnston Park area of the town and I can confirm that upon this study's completion we will take the appropriate steps to minimise the risk of future flooding."

Endorsing Minister Gildernew's comments, Minister Murphy MP MLA added:

"No amount of planning could have foreseen the extent of the June flooding event in Omagh, but my Executive colleague Michelle Gildernew and I are hopeful that through close co-operation between our Departments we will be able to ensure an appropriate level of flood protection is maintained to Omagh town centre. "

Minister Gildernew also discussed a range of local agricultural issues including animal welfare, agriculture administration, the beef industry and delivery of the Rural Development Programme.

Notes to Editors:

  • DARD Rivers Agency is the statutory Drainage and Flood Defence Authority for the North of Ireland.
  • DARD and DRD are undertaking a joint approach and undertaking a study of the drainage infrastructure maintained by Rivers Agency, NI Water and Roads Service in Omagh town centre to minimise the risk of flooding.

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