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Mc Aleer welcomes progress on Beragh flood alleviation scheme

Published: 17 November, 2014

The new river wall protecting homes on Thursday evening from the Cloughfin river which burst its banks.

The new river wall protecting homes on Thursday evening from the Cloughfin river which burst its banks.

West Tyrone MLA, Declan Mc Aleer has welcomed the ongoing work on the Beragh flood alleviation scheme. According to Mr Mc Aleer 'On Thursday evening following a sustained outburst of rain I visited Beragh, mindful of the carnage that was caused when the Cloughfin River burst its banks in 2008 and again in 2011. 'In 2011, along with the DARD Minister, I visited stricken families who had been rescued from their homes and the Red Knights clubhouse which had been destroyed. The devastation and frustration of the local community was palpable. 'I was glad to note on Thursday evening that homes in Riverdale and the Meadows were protected on this occasion, thanks to the ongoing works and the mitigation measures already taken. 'Given the high water level, I am convinced that these homes would have been hit once again, had it not been for the new floodwall. 'I therefore commend Minister O Neill and her department for coming to Beragh, listening to the people and following through on commitments to prioritise this important scheme. The people of Beragh are eagerly awaiting the completion of this project in spring 2015 as it will give them a degree certainty and peace of mind in these uncertain climatic times'.