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Time for proper stategy to halt flooding misery

Published 11/01/2016

LARGE parts of the south have again been devastated by flooding. Arguably, the initial response of the authorities was inadequate, but now there does at least appear to be a joined-up approach, with high-level cabinet meetings in Dublin.

But what of the northern Executive? Apart from a tractor visit by the agriculture minister to Fermanagh, what is happening at a policy level to assist those whose land or properties have been affected?

Northern politicians and civil servants should be dealing with this threat now. Given the complexities of these issues, a cross-departmental approach is urgently required.

Constructive, proactive work could be done now by the Executive, councils and governmental/non-governmental agencies.

This would likely save significant public funds over the coming decades. Otherwise, we will simply be putting a finger in the bursting dyke.

DECLAN QUINN

Jordanstown, Co Antrim

Belfast Telegraph

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