Beragh flood prevention scheme announced
A £1.75million flood prevention scheme to protect these properties in Beragh is now scheduled to commence in the 2013/14 financial year. The Red Knights GAC Clubhouse and 17 dwelling houses suffered major flood damage during the heavy rain fall in October.
Speaking today during a visit to Beragh to update residents and local councillors, the Agriculture and Rural Development Minister Michelle O’Neill said additional money and a review of the Rivers Agency’s flood alleviation programme, had allowed her to bring forward this scheme.
She said: “In response to the recent floods I announced an additional £1million would be made available to Rivers Agency to help with flood defences. I also asked Rivers Agency review their flood alleviation programme, and as a result I have been able to bring forward the flood prevention scheme for Beragh. This is now scheduled to commence construction in the 2013/14 financial year.
“Time is needed to complete the design and tender process and obtain necessary approvals and Rivers Agency intends to undertake this as quickly as possible.
“In the interim, Rivers Agency will engage with the community through a representative group to ensure that all possible measures are put in place to reduce the risk of flooding until scheme is commenced.”The Minister added:
“I am pleased that the report being undertaken by my Assembly Private Secretary Pat Doherty MP, MLA into the operational response of Rivers Agency to the recent flooding is reaching a conclusion and I look forward to reading the report.”
In relation to Ballygawley, the Minister said: “Following the updating of the capital programme and the additional money the Ballygawley scheme has also been brought forward.”