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Theresa Villiers 'grateful' to live on a hill amid flooding crisis

Conservative MP and Northern Ireland Secretary of State Theresa Villiers has said she is 'grateful' to live on top of the hill amid devastating flood waters which have wreaked havoc across the UK.

The politician posted a report on Facebook of her visit to Toomebridge to meet Rivers Agency officials.

Useful visit to Toomebridge today to see the sluice gates which control the water level from Lough Neagh. I was briefed...

Posted by Theresa Villiers for Chipping Barnet on Monday, 11 January 2016

She praised the government body's work undertaken to combat flooding around the shores of Lough Neagh.

She said she had "huge sympathy" for those who had homes and businesses flooded in recent weeks and welcomed the Executive's offer of assistance.

In response to one comment she added: "It's times like this that I am grateful that I live on top of a hill."

Some of the worst flooding in Northern Ireland over the festive period was witnessed around the shores of Lough Neagh and its tributaries leaving scores of homes and businesses swamped.

Lough Neagh reached a 30-year high during the worst of the weather, peaking at a metre above the normal winter level - about 200 millimetres above the last significant high in 2009.

Water levels in Upper Lough Erne also peaked at just less than a metre above normal winter level, but around 150 millimetres below the 2009 peak, with the biggest impact on roads rather than properties.

While in many parts of the UK, towns, cities and villages are still working to overcome devastating flood waters.

In some cases the military was drafted in to help support those communities blighted by the floods.

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