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Environment Committee Must Explore Flood Failures

28 June, 2012


Sinn Féin MLA Cathal Boylan has said that the Environmental Committee was briefed today on the Department of Environment response to the flash floods that occurred yesterday.

Mr Boylan stated,

“The committee was briefed today on the response by the DOE to the flash floods that occurred yesterday.  First of all I would like to say that I sympathise with everyone who has lost property in the floods.

“We seem to be in a situation where we learn little or nothing from previous experiences and this is not acceptable if we are to have a long term strategy to protect vulnerable areas that flood year in and year out during poor weather.

“While the people who responded last night worked hard to minimise the damage from the floods it is obvious that there was a lack of emergency planning in how to deal with the floods.

“I will be pursuing the matter through the committee to ensure that lessons are learnt and that we put in place measures to minimise the risk in future.”

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