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O'Neill commends multi-agency response to heavy rain

7 December, 2015 - by Michelle O'Neill

Agriculture and Rural Development Minister Michelle O'Neill today extended her sympathy to those affected by recent heavy rain and flooding.

Minister O'Neill said: 

“I sympathise deeply with the families and business owners faced with clearing up flood damage and trying to get up and running at what is the busiest time of the year for many. Rivers Agency engineers and support staff are working hard to ensure the impact of the heavy rain and flooding is kept to a minimum to allow this to happen.

“Across the north, despite a very wet and windy weekend, overall our drainage systems and flood defences have performed well although I do acknowledge that there has been some localised problems. Rivers Agency has sand bagged some properties in a number of areas and continue to keep an eye on known vulnerable areas. The road network has been impacted with some closed and while many have since reopened the levels of Lough Erne are now starting to cause some concerns. 

“There has been very good cooperation between the responders and it is important that this continues. The multi agency co-operation protocols, put in place to deal with incidents such as this, has worked well. The efforts of all involved staff must be commended. Our defences and drainage infrastructure were severely tested this weekend and have stood up well and prevented the situation from developing into something where many, many more could have been affected.

“I would also urge residents and business owners who think they are at risk of flooding to view the Rivers Agency flood maps where they can access information which will help understand the possible impact. The maps enhance our understanding of the threat we face from flooding and highlight the importance of being flood aware,” the Minister added.

If you are affected by flooding, contact the dedicated flooding incident line on 0300 2000 100.

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