SDLP Derry Councillor John Boyle has said that local people are experiencing significant disruption as a security alert continues in the Southway area.
A number of homes had been evacuated as police search for an alleged explosive device.
Speaking from the scene, Councillor Boyle said: “Local people are experience significant disruption following a security alert in the Southway area. Over a dozen homes were evacuated affecting elderly residents, individuals with mobility issues, heart complaints and young families.
“The community here has come together to support those put out of their homes. I especially want to thank the Long Tower Youth Centre for making their premises available for local people yesterday afternoon. That’s the real character of this community.”