West Tyrone Sinn Féin -- Building an Ireland of Equals

Call for standalone fund following Flooding

Published: 23 August, 2017

The Camlough Road Bridge on Tuesday evening, by Wednesday it had been swept away completely

The Camlough Road Bridge on Tuesday evening, by Wednesday it had been swept away completely

Sinn Féin Mid Tyrone Councillors Barry McNally and Anne Marie Fitzgerald have said they plan to write to the Departments of Infrastructure and Communities to make the case for a unique standalone fund to be made available in the wake of the floods that swept across Tyrone on Tuesday evening.

They were speaking as a section of the Camlough Road in Carrickmore had completely been washed away as a result of the wet, stormy weather.

Speaking on the issue councillor Barry McNally said:

"The weather on Tuesday evening has left a scene of devastation in its wake. Many local households, businesses and roads have bore the brunt of the stormy conditions. It is clear that there is a large amount of work to be done to bring both property and roads up to an acceptable standard and whilst this will take time it also requires financial resources. To that end both myself and Cllr Anne Marie Fitzgerald will be asking the Departments of Infrastructure and Communities to make the necessary financial resources available to ensure this remedial work can commence immediately.

"Having spoken to Council officers over the past 24 hours I know that they have launched a financial fund for households affected by the storm. However, I am concerned that business and sporting clubs are not covered by this fund and I have been in contact with the department of communities to ask them to reconsider this position. One possible solution would be a standalone fund to be made available for all those affected by the flooding.

Supporting her party colleague Cllr Anne Marie Fitzgerald added:

"I was on the road until late on Tuesday evening dealing locally with the devastation brought on by the storm and relaying on various roads related issues to TransportNI and remaining in contact with council staff. It is clear that this storm has left unprecedented damage.

"Many local roads including the Cookstown line and the Camlough Road became impassable due to the weather. The Camlough road was particularly badly affected with the bridge being swept away by the storm. My contact with TransportNI will continue in the coming period to ensure the outstanding work is prioritised and carried out as quickly as possible. I do appreciate that this will take time and do acknowledge the work done by TransportNI, the emergency services, and local people who were on hand to help their friends and neighbours on Tuesday evening during the worst of the weather.