Residents angry after flood mess

Flooding at Hyacinth Avenue. (INJD2105sj33)
Flooding at Hyacinth Avenue. (INJD2105sj33)

A Ballykelly woman whose garden was flooded with sewage after Saturday’s deluge of rain says an urgent long term solution is needed, writes Sheena Jackson.

Hyacinth Avenue resident, Joy McGrory says the last time the garden flooded was during torrential rain three years ago.

“Is it going to be another three years before something is done and, in the meantime, we suffer? I’m a pensioner, 77 years old. This can’t keep happening,” she said.

Ms McGrory watched the manholes lift on Saturday, when a month’s rain fell in one day, and sewage gushed out onto the road and onto her property, and that of her neighbours, adding: “It stinks. I can’t get outside to the washing line or the boiler house.”

SDLP Colr. Gerry Mullan visited the scene yesterday and hopes the matter will be resolved.

NI Water said they sent its contractors to investigate and carry out a clean-up of the property.

“This flooding was due to the network becoming overwhelmed by the heavy rainfall at the weekend,” said a spokesperson. “NI Water is aware of previous incidences of out of sewer flooding in the Hyacinth Avenue area of Ballykelly and, as a consequence, our asset management section are currently liaising with consulting engineers to effect a solution.”