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Beragh to get £1.3m flooding defences

By Linda Stewart

A contract has been awarded for a £1.35m flood alleviation scheme at Beragh in Co Tyrone.

Construction work is expected to start soon and take a year to complete. Flood defences will be built to protect property at four locations within the village.

In 2011, 20 homes were flooded after the Cloughfin River burst its banks following two days of torrential downpours.

And a state-of-the-art £1m GAA complex was badly damaged after it was swamped by 1.5 metres of flood water.

Agriculture and Rural Development Minister Michelle O'Neill announced that the flood alleviation contract has been awarded to BSG Civil Engineering Ltd, Maghera, with construction starting shortly and expected to be completed by early 2015.

She said: "The flooding which the community has experienced in recent years highlights the need for this vital work."

She added: "I hope today's announcement will give assurance to residents and property owners in the area."

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