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Alex Maskey welcomes Belfast Council flooding review

30 July, 2012

Sinn Féin MLA Alex Maskey has welcomed the Belfast City Council interim review of the emergency response to the flooding on 27th of June.

The South Belfast MLA said:

“As someone who was on the ground during and after the flooding I welcome this interim report. The area I represent has suffered both from recent flooding and prolonged periods of freezing temperatures.

“After the recent flooding Sinn Féin were in immediate contact with Minister of Regional Development and Finance Minister Sammy Wilson regarding the failure of the agencies responsible to adequately deal with the problem.

“We also submitted a review to the Executive detailing where we believe the agencies failed and how these could be overcome in the future.

“Obviously the commitment by the Executive to tackle these recurring problems with the £10m investment is welcome. However the lack of inter-agency communication can go to the root cause of the poor response and improving this could prevent many of the problems before they actually occur.

“Not all areas need the same extent of work done to prevent future flooding with some solutions as simple as having drains regularly cleared and maintained while others areas may need more substantial work.

“The bottom line is that inter-agency communication and organisation is crucial especially when many of the problems arising can be easily avoided or tackled more quickly when they occur.”

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