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Beragh/Fintona Multi Agency Flood Prevention Scheme Welcomed

Published: 1 April, 2014

Sinn Féin Councillors Glen Campbell and Sean Donnelly have welcomed news that Fintona and Beragh will be a pilot area for a multi-agency flood prevention scheme.

The scheme has been devised by the Regional Community Resilience Group, which was established in 2013 to bring partner organisations together to develop community resilience.

There will also be a number of community meetings in the affected areas, the first in Beragh on Wednesday 30th April and in Fintona on Wednesday 7th May.

Councillor Campbell said,

"The scheme is the first of its kind in the north and will enable local people and communities to respond quickly in the event of flooding. This will be welcome news for many families in Fintona who were flooded in the past and live in fear of re-occurrence.

"As Chair of the Council planning committee in 2011, I lobbied for a multi-agency approach to devise a strategy to deal with flooding in the Fintona area. I am glad that this has now come to fruition through this innovative pilot scheme."

"In addition to all agencies who will support people in Fintona in the event of a flood, the scheme will also help empower the local community by providing fast access to emergency resources, such as sand bags.

Councillor Donnelly said,

"I met with families in Beragh following the devastation of flooding in 2011, and I pressed upon Agriculture Minister Michelle O'Neill for the need of a multi-agency approach, as I said at the time, prevention is better than a cure. This scheme is welcome news for those at risk from flooding."