SDLP councillor, Brian Tierney, is organising a visit to Rossnagalliagh Park for all statutory bodies responsible for finding a solution to the issue of flooding in the area.
The ‘Journal’ visited several of the households affected by Monday’s torrential rain on Thursday evening where the aftermath of the flooding was still clearly evident.
“It’s not fair on the residents here - if it wasn’t for the community spirit here I don’t know what we would have done,” said Rossnagalliagh Park resident, James McDaid.
Local SDLP councillor for the area, Brian Tierney, told the ‘Journal’ he was in the process of organising the visit to the area for all of the statutory bodies involved.
“I want the different bodies to be able to come here and see first hand the impact this flooding has had on the residents here,” said Colr. Tierney.
One of the people worst affected by the flooding was Fold Housing Association tenant, Ann McQuaide.
The water gushed into Ms. McQuaide’s house so quickly that she said there was nothing she could do but “sit on the stairs and wait for help”.
Ms. McQuaide also told the ‘Journal’ that Monday’s flood was the second time something of this nature had happened.
“I’ve had to rip up part of the floor in the living room, all of the floor in the hall, carpet and a bed in my son’s room and I am probably going to have to throw out a solid oak table and chairs in the kitchen.”
Thanks to an emergency fund set-up by Department for the Environment (DOE) Minister, Mark H. Durkan, Ms. McQuaide has qualified for emergency payment of £1000.
“I am grateful for the money, I really am but I have been on to all of the organisations involved, that instead of waiting for this to happen every couple of months they need to solve the problem once and for all. The emergency money will not cover the damage to my house and there is not an insurance company in the world who will insure this house against flooding.It’ll not be long until the winter is here and the last thing I want is to wake up on a Christmas morning to all the children’s Christmas presents floating in water - I just want the people who can solve this problem to start doing something about it.”
DOE Minister also met with the residents and told the ‘Journal’ he would do everything in his power to help them.
“I was delighted to be able to activate the emergency fund but we want to avoid this problem if we can.
“We have to look at climate change and we have to get all the agencies working together on this to make sure it doesn’t happen again,” said Mr. Durkan.
To apply for the emergency payment scheme contact Derry City and Strabane District Council on 028 7138 2204.