Belfast Telegraph

Friday 21 November 2014

Call to protect Culmore area of Derry from future storms

The north west was spared the worst of the stormy onslaught that hit across Northern Ireland with just the Culmore area of Londonderry suffering any damage.

It was among a number of areas where sandbags were placed ahead of the predicted high tides coupled with strong winds and lashing rain, including Victoria car park and a number of buildings along the Quay in Derry city centre.

During the peak of the high tides, water from the Foyle crashed down on the Shore Road area of Culmore while staff from Roads Service, Derry City Council and the Fire Service worked alongside the PSNI to keep the public safe.

Councillor Tony Hassan said measures need to be taken to protect the residents of Culmore from the effects of future similar storms.

Resident and community worker Mary Casey, echoing his sentiments, added: “There are gaps in the sea wall and water floods in at times like this and also the wall at Shore Road needs to be improved.

“The climatic changes means that this will get worse so it is vital that if there are going to be rising tides then this needs to be addressed as a matter of urgency.”

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