Lisburn City Council has called for an urgent meeting with local Agencies to discuss last week’s flooding in the City.
At a meeting of its Planning Committee, the Council agreed to write to the Roads Service, NI Water and The Rivers Agency requesting an urgent meeting between senior representatives and The Mayor, Alderman William Leathem and Planning Committee Chairman, Alderman James Tinsley.
“There is no doubt that last week’s flooding had devastating consequences for many families and householders across the City. Many of these homes were located in areas which have not been susceptible to flooding before and we need to find out exactly what happened to ensure that action is taken to make sure it doesn’t happen again,” said Alderman Tinsley.
During the floods the Council sent crews to the Twinbrook, Poleglass, Nettlehill, and Lambeg areas of the City. It also assisted the Rivers Agency with the filing and delivery of sandbags throughout the night. Large scale mechanical sweepers were also dispatched to provide assistance to the worst hit areas in the City.
“There are questions that clearly need answered about the reasons for the flooding and the actions taken during it. We are seeking a review of how the emergency was handled and importantly how it could have been prevented. The Council will be pressing for these answers at every level on behalf of all those flooded last week in the City,” said Alderman Tinsley
An Emergency Payment Scheme of £1000 per household has also been implemented by the NI Executive through the Department of the Environment for those householders affected by flooding. This scheme is being administered in conjunction with the Council.
By close of play on Tuesday the Council had inspected over 260 homes and 151 cheques are currently being processed.
Houses which have already been affected by flooding may be eligible for payments and other assistance under this Scheme. Anybody wishing to apply under this scheme should contact the Council's Environmental Health Unit on tel: 028 9250 9394 and Council Officers will visit the affected homes.