Creggan flooding:Ballymagowan gets new drainage system

Apex Housing Association has provided a drainage solution to homes in Ballymagowan Avenue in Creggan affected by flooding during ‘Storm Desmond’ earlier this month.

People living in the estate were critical of the housing association when flood water from a nearby field flowed into their gardens during a heavy downpour.

Apex Housing Association worked with a local farmer to ensure an improved drainage system has been put in place for residents living in the Ballymagowan area of Creggan

Apex Housing Association worked with a local farmer to ensure an improved drainage system has been put in place for residents living in the Ballymagowan area of Creggan

However, after engaging with the owner of the field, the Apex Housing Association deployed a digger to commence work on the new drainage system earlier this week.

“In conjunction with the adjacent land owner, Apex has provided a drainage solution to address the surface water run-off experienced in one part of the Ballymagowan Estate during ‘Storm Desmond’,” said an Apex Housing Association spokesperson.

Local Sinn Fein Councillor, Kevin Campbell, welcomed the development and said he hoped it would reduce the risk of something similar happening in the future.

“I’ve been working tirelessly with the Ballymagowan residents and the Apex Housing Association to get this matter resolved as soon as possible,” said Colr. Campbell.

“Christmas is only one week away and the last thing these residents need is the worry that their garden or house could be flooded every time it rains.”

Colr. Campbell added that a solution was arrived at quickly because of the agencies and individuals working together.

“I don’t think anyone could deny the severity of what happened a few weeks ago. The land owner essentially allowed Apex to do whatever it had to do to create the new drainage system. It’s because of this approach that we were able to get a result and I hope that it means that the chances of this happening again are not as great,” added Colr. Campbell.

One resident affected by the recent flooding said she was happy that something had been done.

“It’s great that a new drainage system has been created because I don’t think I could continue to live here if it meant that the floods could happen again.

“I couldn’t believe what happened a few weeks ago. One minute it was fine and the next minute the surface water was just gushing into the garden - it was very scary,” said the woman.

“We will not know how affective the new scheme is until it rains again but we have been told that it will make a difference,” she added.