Belfast Telegraph

Monday 20 April 2015

Minister promises 'full investigation' of floods

Mark McDonnell with sandbags outside his house in Antrim
Mark McDonnell with sandbags outside his house in Antrim

Work is under way to ease the problems of flooding that hit parts of Northern Ireland following torrential rain, the Agriculture Minister has said.

Some of the worst-hit areas were in Antrim, Fermanagh and Tyrone, but Sinn Fein's Michelle O'Neill said investigations had started into identifying potential causes.

Responding to a question in the Assembly, the minister said the issue of compensation for people whose homes were damaged had yet to be discussed.

The SDLP's Joe Byrne was among MLAs who raised the issue of flooding.

Ms O'Neill said: “We are still basically cleaning up from what happened yesterday and having full investigations into the problems.

“And then hopefully, where possible, we can identify programmes of improvement that we can take forward.”

The minister detailed plans for tackling flooding which had been implemented following a taskforce report on the issue.

Northern Ireland was hit by driving rain throughout Monday morning. Forecasters predicted further poor weather, including falling temperatures, as the week goes on.

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