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Council flood-damaged facility reopens as work continues on others

Thursday, 1 March 2018

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A PLAY park in Plumbridge extensively damaged by flooding five months ago has reopened.

The council-owned park and outdoor gym was refurbished following the floods last August which devastated homes, farmland, homes and businesses across the North West.

More than 20 Derry City and Strabane District Council (DCSDC) facilities were damaged following the unprecedented flooding and the local authority says it is continuing to finalise works to repair a number of those.

A council spokesperson confirmed that work is progressing at the play area and pitches at Newtownstewart and at the play area at Donemana, with a view to having both facilities up and running again shortly.

"A number of areas in rural parts of the council area were badly affected during the floods including two recycling centres at Donemana and Newtownstewart, that have both since reopened, while repair works are continuing at the Plumbridge MUGA," a DCSDC spokesperson said.

The spokesperson added that since the floods, council has been working closely with its insurers and government departments to prioritise repair work to all council-owned facilities affected and to get as many of the facilities affected up and running again.

"We are pleased that we are progressing through this process and making positive steps forward to repair the damage that was caused to over 20 of our premises and facilities across our council area.

"As we work through repairing the damage caused, we have been very proactive in working with partners to provide alternative facilities and arrangements where necessary in an effort to mitigate the impact on public services and we will continue to prioritise these works moving forward to fully restore all services as soon as possible," the spokesperson concluded.

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