£28m for city’s flood defences

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More than £28 million will have been spent in Derry by the end of next year in order to tackle flooding problems in a number of areas of the city.

The figure was revealed at a meeting of Derry City Council’s regional services committee on Tuesday when officials from Aecom consultants working with the Water Service updated councillors on the Derry area drainage plan.

Councillors were told that £21 million has already been spent, including on major pumping station schemes at Duke Street, Waterside House, and Victoria Market, and that a further £7 million will be spent by the end of 2012. The investment was welcomed by representatives from all parties.