Works to stop homes flooding

Culmore Point Road. DER0114JM012
Culmore Point Road. DER0114JM012

Northern Ireland Water officials have said work to repair sewers in the Mount Vernon area of Derry should be completed within days.

The programme of works comes after repeated concerns regarding flooding in the residential area of Culmore Point, including one episode in which raw sewage flowed into local homes.

SDLP councillor for the area Angela Dobbins has praised NI Water and Transport NI for their “prompt action” to resolve the drainage problem at Mount Vernon following the latest calls.

Colr. Dobbins said: “Every year following heavy rain, residents at the bottom of Mount Vernon have to resort to using sandbags to evade the torrent of overspill from an inadequate draining system.

“Each year the level of water is rising and any attempt to unblock the drains is fruitless. This year I was called to the residents’ homes to witness raw sewage flowing into their properties.

“I raised this serious problem at the Environmental meeting before recess, asking that Transport NI and NI Water join together to resolve this issue as a number of these residents were of ill health.

“I am relieved and extremely pleased that work has now begun to replace damaged pipes and to add more piping to divert the overspill from existing drains.

“I am lead to believe that these measures will alleviate the problem and I am hopeful that this winter those residents affected will have more peace of mind.”

A spokesman for NI Water confirmed it is “carrying out essential sewer repair work in the Mount Vernon area in order to resolve ongoing drainage issues.

“The work is progressing to schedule, and we hope to have this work completed by 9 September,” he added.

Any customers with queries/ concerns should contact Waterline on 03457 440088.