The Chair and Deputy Chair of Mid Ulster District Council have welcomed the action to be taken to address flooding issues, following a meeting in Cookstown yesterday (7 January) with 3 Stormont Ministers.
Both the Chair of Mid Ulster District Council, Councillor Linda Dillon, and the Deputy Chair, Councillor Kim Ashton, attended yesterday’s meeting which was co-hosted by the Agriculture Minister Michelle O'Neill and Regional Development Michelle McIlveen to discuss the ongoing response to the recent significant flooding.
The meeting was also attended by Environment Minister Mark H Durkan.
Representatives from Rivers Agency, Transport NI, NIW and the local councils joined the Ministers to discuss and review the multi-agency response to help communities impacted by flooding in the last few weeks. The Ministers explored measures to enhance flood protection in the future and also considered strengthening the multi-agency approach.
Speaking after the event, Councillor Linda Dillon, said:
“I welcome the meeting which not only highlighted some of the serious issues, but also the very good work which has been done on the ground over a sustained period by staff from a whole range of different agencies. There are undoubtedly lessons to be learned which will be dealt with through Minister O’Neill’s review and the pledge of resources to improve our flood protection and to support local people to protect their homes is to be welcomed”.
Councillor Kim Ashton, also attended the meeting and spoke of the impact of the flooding on local homes and businesses:
“Mid Ulster did not escape lightly as a result of the poor weather, as the devastation at the Linen Green in Dungannon before Christmas showed very clearly. Getting our businesses back up and running and helping local people to get back into their homes has clearly been a priority. Now, we look to the future and to working to ensure that the impact of future flooding is limited. I look forward to seeing the results of the remedial work to roads which Minister McIlveen’s department will now be undertaking, together with the longer term measures to deal with road infrastructure. I hope also to see the Environment Minister give serious consideration to the introduction of support for businesses, as well as homeowners, who suffer as a result of flooding”.
The public is asked to report any flooding incidents to the Flooding Incident Line on 0300 2000 100 which is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. A member of staff will then contact the appropriate agency on your behalf.