Work begins on Clady flood alleviation scheme

Thursday, 15 March 2018

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NEWS that work is underway on a flood alleviation scheme near Clady has been given a warm welcome this week.
Over two years ago, homes and businesses in the border village were left counting the cost after unprecedented flooding twice inside three weeks caused widespread destruction.
Major damage was caused when the village bore the brunt of 'Storm Desmond' in December 2015 when the River Finn - which straddles Co Tyrone and the Finn Valley - burst its banks sending gallons of water pouring into properties in the surrounding vicinity.
Since then, local politicians and community representatives have been pressing for action to protect the village from future flooding.
Schemes on two sites totalling 600,000 were subsequently approved at a meeting of the Drainage Council last year for the flood-hit village.
The Department for Infrastructure (DfI) has now confirmed that work has commenced on the first phase of one of those projects in the Stephenstown area.
The 470,000 scheme is designed to reduce the risk of flooding to dwellings which have flooded in recent years.
A spokesperson for DfI said of the design: "This first phase of the scheme includes approximately 100 metres of new pipeline with associated outlet structure and flood protection to the rear of two properties on the Urney Road.
"These works are expected to be complete by the end of summer 2018.
"The second phase of the works includes 520 metres of earthen flood defence to the rear of additional properties on Urney Road.
"These works are programmed to commence late summer 2018 with completion by March 2019."
The department added that the works have been carefully programmed to minimise any inconvenience to the public.
"However, motorists should be aware of emerging construction traffic," the spokesperson added.


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