Belfast Telegraph

Belfast dad's anger at lack of action to tackle flooding outside home

By David Young

A Belfast family have said their life has been made a misery by recurrent flooding outside their home - and claim three years of pleading to get the problem fixed have been ignored.

Joe Helferty (56), of Alexandra Park Avenue, said the flooding was a health hazard and it had been happening for too long.

"We moved into this house in 2014, and after every heavy rainfall we have a flood. This week it's been at its worst," he said.

The water is filthy, brown, and stinking with what Mr Helferty suspects is raw sewage.

"It does not come up to the house, thankfully, but covers the entire width of the road and both footpaths," he said.

Mr Helferty, who works in the aerospace industry, said he was concerned about the health implications of the floodwater.

"Each of the past three days I've called Floodline, who log the complaint," he said. "Yet I'm still in a state of flood. There is a small social housing project recently opened beside our property and lots of young kids from some of those houses are playing in the water.

"God knows what illnesses these children could pick up. I've tried talking them out of it but they are having too much fun, obviously. I'm concerned about their health."

The father-of-two said he was becoming desperate.

"I am very annoyed we've had to endure this for so long," he said.

"I've contacted the DoE, NI Water, Rivers Agency, Roads Service, Belfast City Council, and most recently Floodline. None of these agencies has ever got back to me.

"I'm really fed up with this situation - it's filthy dirty and stinking. When vehicles pass through it at speed, the foul water sprays up over everything and everyone in reach."

The Department for Infrastructure had not responded to a request for comment by the time of going to press.

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