Elderly woman’s back garden turned into ‘swamp’

Madeline Wade's back garden in Lislane Drive.
Madeline Wade's back garden in Lislane Drive.
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A elderly woman says she is at her ‘wits end’ with lying water at her Housing Executive property in Lislane Drive in Creggan.

Madeline Wade has lived in the area for over 30 years and said her back garden is flooded regularly.

Sinn Fein councillor, Kevin Campbell.

Sinn Fein councillor, Kevin Campbell.

“Every time it rains my back garden turns into a swamp. This only started when new houses were built out the back of Lislane Drive five or six years ago.

“I decided to contact the ‘Journal’ because I was getting no where with the Housing Executive - I have been on to them so many times that I have lost count.

“Two building contractors came out and looked at the problem - after assessing what needed to be done they said they had to go back to the Housing Executive - that was a year and a half ago and I still haven’t heard a thing.”

Madeline has several grandchildren and great-grandchildren and said they are unable to play in the garden because of the lying water.

Every time it rains my back garden turns into a swamp

Madeline Wade - Lislane Drive resident

“I used to work in the garden on a regular basis but because of the flooding there’s just no point - you could spend a full day making the garden beautiful but for it to be destroyed by the low lying water.

“When my family come to visit I can’t let the children outside to play because of it. I used to have a trampoline for the children but the water destroyed it and I had to throw it away - I don’t think anyone should have to live like this,” she said.

Local Sinn Fein councillor for the area, Kevin Campbell, has taken on Madeline’s case and has written to the Housing Executive.

“I am still waiting for a reply from the Housing Executive,” said Colr. Campbell.

“This woman is a Housing Executive tenant therefore they have a duty of care to her.

“I sent an email to Eddie Doherty at the Housing Executive about this but he has yet to reply.

“I am calling on the Housing Executive to resolve this matter urgently.”

After the ‘Journal’ contacted the Housing Executive yesterday evening they issued an apology to Madeline and said work would start at the property soon.

“There have been a number of efforts to tackle the flooding issue at the property to date. Our contractor and maintenance team are due to visit the property today to undertake further investigations that will identify a long-term solution to the flooding issue,” a Housing Executive spokesperson told the ‘Journal’.

“We will also be speaking with the tenant to reassure her that works will start as soon as possible. We would like to apologise to our tenant for any inconvenience.”