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Council writing to Minister to seek answers on 2015 Linen Green flood

Wednesday, 2 November 2016

Council writing to Minister to seek  answers on 2015 Linen Green flood thumbnailSome of the remaining floodwater at the Linen Green, Moygashel last December.

ALMOST a year after flooding wreaked havoc in Moygashel, DUP Councillor Clement Cuthburtson is demanding to know why there is still no report on the incident and no steps in place to stop it happening again.

It was estimated that millions of pounds worth of damage was caused at the Linen Green last December

At the Council's monthly meeting, it was agreed that the Council write to the Minister for Infrastructure expressing their disappointment that the Rivers Agency has yet to publish its report on the flooding.

"Everyone will remember the devastating scenes at the Linen Green following the horrendous flooding," stated Cllr Cuthbertson. "No businesses escaped the flood waters that Sunday morning.

"The traders had just entered the most important trading period on their calendar, that being the last few weeks before Christmas.

"I have already previously paid tribute to the traders as the majority of them were back up and open for business within 24 hours."

All 31 units at the complex were affected that morning, 6th December 2015, and the community rallied around the traders after businesses found themselves submerged in up to four feet of water.

The Chief Executive of the Rivers Agency, David Porter, said at the time that the flooding was caused by a blocked culvert grille at a site above and beside the Linen Green.

The blockage caused the water to overflow even though the grille had been cleaned shortly beforehand.

SDLP Councillor and Deputy Chair Sharon McAleer said it was "shocking" that the report has yet to take place. She said businesses did not need the extra uncertainty during tough economic times.

Eleven months later, Councillor Cuthburtson believes that the Rivers Agency has failed to ensure that something similar won't happen again.

"Earlier this year a site meeting was convened, which officers of this Council and officials from the Rivers Agency attended," he said.

"During this meeting we walked along the Park Lake stream and inspected the grille.

"At the conclusion of the meeting the Rivers Agency assured this Council that they would carry out a review and compile a report on the flooding and measures needed to prevent this from happening again.

"We were advised that this would be available in July of this is year - this is yet to be published.

"We now find ourselves with no report, no prevention measures carried out and winter approaching.

"This is understandably a situation which is causing the traders great concern."

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