Interim Strabane Flood Alleviation Scheme to progress - O’Dowd

Date published: 04 August 2022

Infrastructure Minister John O’Dowd has said an interim solution to recent flooding in the Ballycolman Estate is to begin this month.

Minister O'Dowd visits Ballycolman Estate

Last week Minister O’Dowd met residents in the Ballycolman Estate and gave a commitment to bring forward the required work to prevent the flooding of homes. 

Minister O’Dowd said:

“Following my visit I wrote to the Communities Minister, Deirdre Hargey seeking her Department’s approval in connection with a short term solution being actively progressed in conjunction with Derry City and Strabane District Council (DC&SDC).

“The short term intervention to provide flood relief to the houses under threat of flooding requires the temporary use of DC&SDC lands and this required approval from the Department for Communities.

“I am pleased to announce that Minister Hargey has granted my Department and the Council permission to facilitate access to the lands and this will allow progression of the works in advance of the formal completion of the legal agreement.

“My officials and Council officials will progress the signing of the legal agreement in parallel with these works so that it will be in place upon completion of, or shortly after, the short term solution is in place. I can also confirm that my Department is in a position to commence these construction works later his month and this will considerably reduce the risk of in-house flooding to properties at Ballycolman.

“I also fully recognise the need to introduce viable longer term solutions as swiftly as possible to reduce the impacts of further flooding.  That is why my Department is taking forward, where possible, a number of flood alleviation proposals in various locations  across the north, including Drumahoe, Eglinton and Derry City."  

To report incidents of flooding, please contact the Flooding Incident Line on 0300 2000 100. 

Notes to editors: 

  1. The schemes being developed for Eglinton and Drumahoe, are intended to reduce the impact of any potential fluvial (river) flooding, while the Derry scheme considers both coastal and fluvial flood risk.
  2. All of these Department schemes take account of Climate Change in their designs and provide flood protection for 1 in 100 year event inclusive of allowances for climate change in line with current Departmental guidance.
  3. Photo Caption:  Infrastructure Minister John O’Dowd meeting residents in the Ballycolman Estate in Strabane on Tuesday 26 July 2022.
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