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Clady to benefit from £600k flood investment


NEWS that Clady village is set to benefit from a flood alleviation scheme valued at almost £600,000 has received a warm welcome.

At a recent meeting of the Drainage Council, it was confirmed that funds of £120,000 for Donneygowen Burn and £470,000 for Stephenstown Drain have been approved.

Clady homes and businesses were left counting the costs when the River Finn bursts its banks last November and the village was also hit hard after near record levels of rainfall in the Mournes caused flooding in the area.

Speaking to the Chronicle Derry City and Strabane District Council, Maolíosa McHugh commended all agencies involved in securing the investment.

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 “As we all know the flooding had a major impact on the lives and livelihoods of a significant number of people in Clady, many are still dealing with the effects. I would like to commend the multi-agency approach and to also thank the local community and businesses for feeding into all the important engagements which took place in advance of this announcement.”

MLA Michaela Boyle also welcomed the news as excellent and thanked both the Rivers Agency and former Ministers for the Department of

Infrastructure, Chris Hazzard and Michelle O’Neill in aiding the delivery of these funds.

Mrs Boyle added that subject to available resources and the impact of recent flooding, the timeline for delivery of the schemes should begin during the 2017/2018 financial year.

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