Efforts to contain prevent houses flooding in Creggan ongoing

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Efforts to prevent serious flood damage to houses in Creggan are ongoing this afternoon.

Gallons of mud laden flood water began rushing into back gardens at Ballymagowan Avenue in the early hours of this morning as torrential rain persistently fell as a result of Storm Desmond and its lashing of the North West.

FLOODING. . . At Ballymagowan Avenue, Creggan on Saturday afternoon as rainwater gushes over a dividing wall behind her back garden, causing flooding in a number of gardens. DER4815MC071

FLOODING. . . At Ballymagowan Avenue, Creggan on Saturday afternoon as rainwater gushes over a dividing wall behind her back garden, causing flooding in a number of gardens. DER4815MC071

One resident, Tracy McGavigan filmed the water cascading into the gardens of the homes from fields directly behind the properties.

Representatives from Apex Housing Association and building and maintenance company Omega are currently in the area placing sandbags in the affected areas in an effort to stem the flow of water.

However, as a severe weather alert emains in place, there are stll fears that the homes will suffer damage. One resident has said that the flood water is now spreading to more back gardens in the area.

Earlier, today mother of four, Tracy McGavigan told the ‘Journal’ that she was awoken from her sleep at around 6am this morning by the sound of the flood water coming into her back yard.

The water is seeping in from fields at the back of the homes at Ballymagowan Avenue.

The water is seeping in from fields at the back of the homes at Ballymagowan Avenue.

“It was so heavy, I thought someone had turned the garden hose on,” she said.

“It’s a nightmare. It had died off a bit earlier and I thought that was it, but now it is picking up again and there is a weather warning for later on again,” she continued.

Tracey’s children’s toys in the back garden have already been destroyed and she says that the water coming from the fields is completely mud coloured and will destroy her home if it breaches the back door.

“In the dark, I thought the water was clear rain water, but when it became light I could see the colour of it. It’s coming so fast it’s actually tearing up potatoes from the fields and they are coming over the fence too.”

Independent Councillor for the area, Gary Donnelly said that he had been contacted by several residents of Ballymagowan Avenue.

“There was water coming over what is basically a 20 foot high retaining wall and flooding into back yards. I have contacted the Rivers Agency, Floodline and Derry City Council and I know that sandbags are currently being laid down to try and stop damage to the houses,” he said.