Flooding ‘needs sorted now’ - MLA

SF MLA Maeve McLaughlin and Councillor Patricia Logue with Roisin Barton.

SF MLA Maeve McLaughlin and Councillor Patricia Logue with Roisin Barton.

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Foyle Sinn Fein MLA Maeve McLaughlin has urged all agencies to pull together to ensure the problems associated with the flooding in Derry over the past 24 hours is dealt with once and for all.

Ms McLaughlin said it was not good enough that once again many families had their lives disrupted and property ruined after flash storms drenched parts of the city overnight.

Some of the ruined carpets which had to be lifted following the flooding.

Some of the ruined carpets which had to be lifted following the flooding.

Ms McLaughlin joined party colleague Derry & Strabane Councillor Patricia Logue, at the Little Diamond home of local Roisin Barton after it was flooded last night along with a number of homes others in the area after several hours of heavy rain.

The two politicians also met with representatives from Derry City & Strabane District Council and Department for Regional Development as they surveyed the damage.

The floors of several homes were flooded with carpets and floorboards ruined along with other possessions.

Ms McLaughlin said something needed to be done.

“Whilst this was an exceptional outburst of rain it still resulted in substantial disruption, stress and damage to property” she said.

“It is very annoying for residents. There has been an ongoing issue here, the small laneway to the back of the properties takes the full force of any rain water coming down Creggan Hill.

“We have had the major floods in Derry years ago and problems since and we have been told these issues would be resolved but we are now in a situation where it is clearly not resolved.

“There needs to be a joined up approach.”

Ms McLaughlin called for NI Water, DRD Transport NI, Derry & Strabane Council and others to work closely together to sort out the drainage problems across Derry as a major priority.

She also said there needed to be more clarity around who residents should contact in a flooding emergency and how they gain access to sandbanks and other resources.