Mullan welcomes progress on Ivy Mead flood protection

Sinn Féin Foyle MLA Karen Mullan has welcomed progress from the Department for Infrastructure on carrying out assessments to identify potential flood risks in the Ivy Mead area of Derry.

A number of homes were severely damaged in the aftermath of adverse flooding that took place in areas of the north west in August 2017.

Karen Mullan said:

“I have been contacted by a number of constituents in the areas surrounding Ivy Mead whose homes were damaged as a result of severe flooding in August.

“I had written to the Permanent Secretary of the Department for Infrastructure to query what measures have been put in place to alleviate further flooding in that area.

“I am pleased that the Department have now completed assessments in Ivy Mead and other at risk areas in the north west in order to implement the EU Floods Directive. Feasibility works are also ongoing to determine if viable flood alleviation can be taken forward.

“The commitment from the Rivers Section to establish a ‘Community Resilience Group’ in the Ivy Mead area will be beneficial in providing residents with advice on preparation to deal with the impact of future flooding.

“In terms of delays in applications for the Homeowners Flood Protection Grant Scheme, the Department have confirmed that all outstanding applications in areas such as Ivy Mead have now been assessed and applicants will be informed in the coming days if they meet the eligibility requirement for the scheme.”

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