‘Long term investment needed to solve flooding in South Down’ – McKevitt

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Friday, November 22nd, 2013

SDLP South Down MLA Karen McKevitt has welcomed progress on schemes tackling flood prone areas in her constituency, but says further investment is needed to resolve the issue in the long term.

The assembly woman was speaking after highlighting the plight of residents and businesses that have suffered from flooding in South Down, including Rostrevor and Warrenpoint.

McKevitt praised work completed by DRD Roads Service, and other agencies such as NI Water, the Rivers Agency and DARD, to alleviate the problem. She said other schemes were underway including at St Judes Gardens in Rostrevor and Newry Road sewage pumping station in Warrenpoint.

She also highlighted a scheme recently completed at Water Street/Horners Lane, Newry.

McKevitt added, “I welcome the flood alleviation schemes that the Department has introduced, particularly those around St Judes in Rostrevor and Newry Street in Warrenpoint, where, I know, work has started. I believe further flood alleviation schemes are needed, however, in South Down.”

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