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Flood Prevention is better than a cure - Donnelly

Published: 26 October, 2011

Mid Tyrone Sinn Féin Councillor Sean Donnelly has welcomed a £1 million package from the Department of Agriculture to help those affected by floods throughout the north within the past number of days. The local councillor was speaking after visiting residents and the local GAA Club who were affected by the flood in Beragh.

Speaking on the issue councillor Donnelly said:

"I spent the day in Beragh throughout Tuesday and met local families on affected by the flood. I also visited the local GAA Club. As a GAA man myself I know the funds that it takes to sustain and develop a club and its facilities. It really is devastating to see a state of the arts GAA facility being affected so badly on this occasion. I also met with Minister Michelle O'Neill on her visit to Beragh on Tuesday evening. I impressed upon her the need for a multi agency approach to the issue of flooding. I welcome very much the fact that the minister has made up to £1 million available for people affected by the flood. However the situation once again underlines the fact that a serious effort must be made to address this issue. As the old adage goes 'prevention is better than a cure'.

Meanwhile fellow Sinn Fein Councillor Glenn Campbell called for a multi-agency approach to devise a strategy to deal with flooding in the Fintona area.

"It is not acceptable that the same residents are left vulnerable to future flooding."

"Flood barriers should be considered at strategic location, but the impact of such measures should be carefully considered to ensure they don't have an adverse effect on other homes in the vicinity of the rivers path. This is a very serious issue that warrants thorough investigation and carefully planned action."