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'Scale of Sperrins flood damage unbelievable' - McAleer

24 August, 2017 - by Declan McAleer

Isolated communities badly affected by this week's floods must be assisted in the official response and clean-up operation, Sinn Féin MLA Declan McAleer has said.

Speaking after visiting some of the devastated areas, the West Tyrone MLA commented: 

"I am shocked by the sheer scale of what I witnessed and the human impact.

"Major landslides resulted in thousands of tonnes of gravel and bog making its way to the Glenelly river.  Fencing, gates, posts, strainers, bridges, roads, round bales and livestock got caught in its path and washed away.  Tonnes of this debris is deposited along the Holmes at the river bank.  

"The rest of the deluge made its way downstream to Plumbridge where it devastated the factory and workshop and submerged the mart.  

"It then destroyed the playgroup and community hall, dislodged containers which pummelled and damaged the bridge and destroyed the new 3G - Multi Use Games Area.  

"The scale of the damage is unbelievable. 

"I raised these issues at the inter agency meeting on Wednesday and I have written to the Agriculture Department requesting an urgent meeting and intervention."

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