Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 19 April 2014

Downpatrick retailers clean up after flooding

Pacemaker Press Belfast 17-04-2013: A clean-up operation is under way after heavy rain led to severe flooding in Downpatrick, County Down Northern Ireland. Market Street area of the town was the worst hit, with three shops Vogue, O2 and Traynors(dry cleaning)and a pub Murphy's affected.
Picture By: Arthur Allison.
Pacemaker Press Belfast 17-04-2013: A clean-up operation is under way after heavy rain led to severe flooding in Downpatrick, County Down Northern Ireland. Market Street area of the town was the worst hit, with three shops Vogue, O2 and Traynors(dry cleaning)and a pub Murphy's affected. Picture By: Arthur Allison.

Large parts of Downpatrick town centre were under water this morning after heavy rain.

The Co Down town's main shopping area - Market Street - was  the worst affected.

The owner of a dry cleaning business said it had been the eighth time in the past 10 years that the shop had flooded.

Another businessman, Bartley Murphy of Murphy's Bar, said he arrived to find 2 ft (60 cm) of water in the building.

"It is horrendous. The sewage is on the floor now," he said.

He told BBC Radio Ulster's Nolan Show: "This happens twice a year. Where is the contingency plan? I have phoned the water board, the police and environmental health. Where are they?"

"The Department of Environment should be here helping the traders. There is a dry cleaner's shop with wedding dresses... he has six inches of water in the shop."

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