Lisburn City Council Members and Officers recently held a round the table meeting with the Agencies involved in the recent flooding response in the City.
The Mayor, Alderman William Leathem; Chairman of the Planning Committee, Alderman James Tinsley; Director of Environmental Services, Mr Colin McClintock and Acting Assistant Director of Environmental Services (Building Control), Mr Paul McAteer met with representatives from NI Water, Roads Service and the Rivers Agency to discuss the reasons for the flooding and what corrective action could be taken to prevent it happening again.
Chairman of the Council's Planning Committee, Alderman James Tinsley, said that the meeting was open and productive and thanked all the Agencies for coming together to look at the Lisburn flooding collectively.
"During the meeting many areas and issues were discussed including the current drainage infrastructure, maintenance schedules and the need for collaboration and communication, both between Agencies and with the public.
"It is difficult to plan for such extreme weather conditions given the fact that 70% of the normal monthly rainfall fell in just 3 hours. However, now it has happened, there is a resolve by the Agencies involved to take any appropriate action in an attempt to prevent any reoccurrence," said Alderman Tinsley.
Speaking about the meeting, the Mayor, Alderman William Leathem, said that it was important that the Council spoke to the Agencies on behalf of the many residents whose homes were damaged by flood water.
"What made these floods different was that the City saw significant flooding in areas which have never before been considered at risk to this type of flooding. We recognise the damage and distress caused by the flood water and want to assure residents that we will continue to work with Agencies and where necessary lobby for action to be taken to prevent it happening again," said Alderman Leathem.
Pictured at a meeting between Lisburn City Council and the three flood agencies are: (front l-r) Mr Owen McGivern, Rivers Agency; Mr Conor Mallon, Rivers Agency; Mr Ian Bingham, NI Water and the Mayor of Lisburn, Alderman William Leathem. (back l-r) Mr Paul McAteer, Lisburn City Council; Alderman James Tinsley, Chairman of the Council's Planning Committee; Mr Eamon McMahon, Roads Service and Mr Colin McClintock, Director of Environmental Services.