Ballykelly couple’s flooding woes

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Robin Glenn, and his wife Meta watched as their back garden flooded within half an hour during a heavy downpour on Monday.

Robin and Meta Glenn in their flooded Ballykelly garden.

Robin and Meta Glenn in their flooded Ballykelly garden.

“When we looked out to the road, it was coming from the main sewer and the manhole was lifting about two feet off the ground. It’s not the first time it has happened,” said Robin, who said the stench lingers for days. “You can’t put any clothes out. Something has to be done about it. It’s not good enough.”

NI Water said a crew has conducted a clean-up at the property.

“Following previous flooding incidents at this location, investigative work began in the winter of 2013/14, and this has identified a capacity issue within the local sewer network. A consultant has been appointed and plans are currently being drawn up to rectify the problem,” said a NI Water spokesperson. “This includes a drainage area network model, which will be used to assess the current and future drainage needs of the Ballykelly area. We anticipate this model being completed by the end of the summer. We are hopeful that a suitable solution can be put in place, subject to the necessary funding being obtained. In the meantime, we will continue to monitor the situation closely.”

DUP Colr. Alan Robinson said the problem has appealed to NI Water “to provide some comfort to the residents who are understandably frightened whilst waiting for the next deluge of rain”.

“Many residents are elderly, some with major health problems and they need peace of mind free from the fear of flooding and subsequent damage to their properties,” he added.