Glenelly Valley farmers still waiting two years after flood - Begley
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Sinn Féin Órfhlaith Begley has called for an urgent meeting with the permanent secretary of the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs to discuss financial assistance for farmers in the Glenelly Vally whose land was destroyed by flooding.
The West Tyrone MP said:
"Two years ago this week the Glenelly Valley in the Sperrins was devastated by floods and landslides, causing considerable hardship for local farmers.
"Livestock was lost, miles of fences were destroyed and acres of land was submerged in a deluge of silt and rubble.
"Since then farmers in the area have been working daily to repair the damage but many are frustrated at the lack of financial assistance from DAERA to carry out remedial works or to relieve the financial pressures caused by the floods.
"Hardship funds have been allocated in times of emergency after other major incidents but farmers in this area have not b been able to access such funding.
"I have now written to the permanent secretary of DAERA asking for an urgent meeting to discuss the concerns of local farmers and to see what measures are available to assist them."