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Belfast City Council to begin work in bid to cut flood risk

Published 23/08/2012

Flood alleviation work in an area of east Belfast badly affected by recent storms will start next week, the city council has said.

Belfast City Council and the Rivers Agency will carry out the work at Orangefield Park beginning next Tuesday.

Work will involve removing a strip of trees near the Orangefield Lane entrance to construct an additional culvert. The entrance will be closed while the work is carried out.

The Rivers Agency is also planning to lower the level of disused land beside the park to create a ponding area for flood storage during periods of heavy rain.

Councillor Gerard McCabe, chairman of the Parks and Leisure Committee, said: “These works will help reduce the risk of flooding to houses in the area in advance of major flood alleviation works to be carried out.

“We have undertaken an ecological survey to ensure that we protect the local biodiversity while the work is being done,” he added.

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