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Crotlieve Councillor Calls for Long term flood protection measures in Rostrevor

13 August, 2008

Following the extensive damage caused by flooding in Rostrevor last night (Tuesday August 12th), Crotlieve Sinn Féin councillor for Newry and Mourne Council Mick Murphy has called on the Rivers Agency, NI Water and Roads Service to ensure permanent measures are put in place to avoid any more destruction.

"This is an extremely serious issue which has a massive impact in the local area," Cllr Murphy said, "and it was only last December that the community suffered the same devastation through flooding. A number of houses sustained serious damage, including houses in St Jude's, Carrickbawn, St Colman's and on the Newtown Road. The Greenpark Road was also damaged, and the gardens of houses there were flooded.

"As always it is the human stories behind the flooding that are so sad. A young couple in St Jude's, for instance, had put everything they had into a new house there, only to see it devastated by the flooding. What is of most serious concern is that this extensive damage happened while the tide was out. With more rain forecast we have to be prepared for even greater danger if this coincides a full tide."

"I have asked the Rivers Agency to supply additional sandbags for vulnerable areas in readiness for further flooding but most important of all is that the relevant agencies meet as a matter of urgency to put in place whatever measures are necessary to protect these vulnerable residential areas from flooding on a permanent basis. I have been calling for this for some time now and it is essential they do this immediately. This community has suffered enough and it demands and deserves far better protection than it is currently getting". ENDS

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