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Drainage Improvements to resolve Ballynafeigh flooding problems

27 July, 2009 - by Alex Maskey


South Belfast Sinn Féin MLA Alex Maskey, speaking after contacting the Department for Regional Development about recent flooding in the Ballynafeigh area, has said that the Drainage Improvements Scheme currently being carried out in the area should, when completed, prevent further flooding in the Ballynafeigh area.

The South Belfast MLA said,
"In recent weeks there has been incidences of flooding during heavy rainfall in parts of Ballynafeigh. I have been contacted by residents in the area who are concerned that this problem could get worse during heavier rainfall.

“It is widely accepted that the current drainage system in the area is past its sell-by date. The current drainage system is a century old and simply cannot cope with the amount of housing and other developments in the area and is in fact a serious health hazard in the event of any flooding onto the streets.

“Last year work began to upgrade the system in the area. This work, currently taking place, involves renewing a substantial section of the sewerage system and installing a new storm drainage system. This means increasing the overall capacity of the system and separating the sewerage from the rainfall.

“I have been advised by the DRD that when this work is completed it should resolve some of the flooding issues which have occurred in the Ballynafeigh area. I look forward, as I am sure residents in the area do so also, to the speedy completion of this work”
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