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Friday 26 December 2014

Agencies defend response to Belfast floods

Police stranded in Belfast. June 2012
Police stranded in Belfast. June 2012
East Belfast floods. Image submitted by Conor Dunn
East Belfast surfboard superhero rescues flood victims. Image submitted by Conor Dunn
East Belfast floods June 2012. Image submitted by Conor Dunn
East Belfast surfboard superhero rescues flood victims. Image submitted by Conor Dunn
East Belfast floods June 2012. Image submitted by Conor Dunn
East Belfast floods June 2012. Image submitted by Conor Dunn
East Belfast surfboard superhero rescues flood victims. Image submitted by Conor Dunn June 2012
East Belfast surfboard superhero rescues flood victims. Image submitted by Conor Dunn June 2012
East Belfast surfboard superhero rescues flood victims back in June 2012
East Belfast surfboard superhero rescues flood victims. Image submitted by Conor Dunn June 2012
27.06.12. PICTURE BY DAVID FITZGERALDFlooding in Trossachs Drive, Belfast last night. Runners out jogging get caught in the floods
27.06.12. PICTURE BY DAVID FITZGERALDFlooding in Trossachs Drive, Belfast last night. Runners out jogging get caught in the floods
27.06.12. PICTURE BY DAVID FITZGERALDFlooding in Trossachs Drive, Belfast last night.
27.06.12. PICTURE BY DAVID FITZGERALDFlooding in Lambeg last night.
27.06.12. PICTURE BY DAVID FITZGERALDFlooding in Orpen Park, Finaghy last night
27.06.12. PICTURE BY DAVID FITZGERALDFlooding in Orpen Park, Finaghy last night
27.06.12. PICTURE BY DAVID FITZGERALDFlooding in Orpen Park, Finaghy last night
Lisburn Road flooding tonight...
NI FLOODS 22 JUNE 2012...Vehicles attempt to travel on the Glenkeen Road between Coleraine and Garvagh as heavy rain continues to fall as already over 2ft of water lies on the road.. Pic Steven McAuley/Kevin McAuley Photography Multimedia
NI FLOODS 22 JUNE 2012...Vehicles attempt to travel on the Glenkeen Road between Coleraine and Garvagh as heavy rain continues to fall as already over 2ft of water lies on the road.. Pic Steven McAuley/Kevin McAuley Photography Multimedia
NI FLOODS 22 JUNE 2012...Vehicles attempt to travel on the Glenkeen Road between Coleraine and Garvagh as heavy rain continues to fall as already over 2ft of water lies on the road.. Pic Steven McAuley/Kevin McAuley Photography Multimedia
NI FLOODS 22 JUNE 2012...Vehicles attempt to travel on the Glenkeen Road between Coleraine and Garvagh as heavy rain continues to fall as already over 2ft of water lies on the road.. Pic Steven McAuley/Kevin McAuley Photography Multimedia
Cars Struggling threw the floods as rain as Heavy Rain hits across Northern Ireland
Lisburn Road flooding tonight...
Flooding has left parts of south and east Belfast under water

Agencies dealing with widespread flooding in Belfast two months ago said they handled the situation as best they could.

Homes and businesses were flooded after surprise torrential rain on June 27.

During a special sitting of the regional development committee yesterday its chair Jimmy Spratt said a report by Belfast City Council had pointed to shortcomings in the emergency response.

Sarah Venning of NI Water told members that the rainfall had been exceptional.

She added that 58mm of rain had fallen within a few hours in Castlereagh on the day in question — more than the month of May.

“Our pumps and equipment operated continuously throughout the event, they just could not move the amount of water presented to them,” she said.

Colin Sykes from Roads Service apologised but said resources were “primarily deployed to roads-related flooding”.

A full multi-agency review into the flooding is still ongoing.

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