Flooding woes for Dungiven residents

Flooding in one of the back gardens at Greenhaven on Monday night.
Flooding in one of the back gardens at Greenhaven on Monday night.

Dungiven residents have spoken of their despair after flooding at the back of their properties.

One resident said there was “a flood in the lower section of Glenroe and Greenhaven Estates in Dungiven between approximately 9pm and 11pm on Monday”.

“There was excrement and sewage waste running through back gardens and on the public roads and footpaths.In some areas the water was up to 35cms deep. This is the third time this has happened in recent years and local residents are disappointed this issue hasn’t been addressed. Neighbours previously had parts of their ground floor flooded,” said the resident.

A spokesperson for Rivers Agency, whose personnel attended the scene on Monday night, said: “Rivers Agency is aware of previous problems with the culvert inlet grille referred to at Abbeyfield, Dungiven. This grille at Abbeyfield is undesignated, and therefore maintenance responsibility lies with the riparian (the interface between land and a river or stream) owner of the site. In relation to the cause of flooding to the back gardens on Monday 28 December, Rivers Agency will complete an investigation and discuss with the residents affected.”

An NI Water spokesperson said “following surface water flooding on Monday night (28 December), its assets in the vicinity of the Greenhaven and Glenroe estates in Dungiven performed well under the circumstances, with flooding appearing to have been caused in this instance by drainage run-off unrelated to NI Water”.