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25/09/2021

Living 'nightmare' for Coshquin residents after flooding strikes again

Residents living in Coshquin have been left “housebound” after overnight rainfall led to extensive flooding in the area. The issue at Coshquin is a recurring problem which has plagued residents for years.  Those living there have been left frustrated at a lack of action from NI Water. Local woman Stephanie McGlinchey yesterday told the Derry News that the deluge on Tuesday night impacted upon several homes and prevented her family from leaving the property. She commented: “Whenever it rains heavily my garden gets completely waterlogged, right up past your ankles.  You can’t get out to the back alleyway either because that’s completely flooded. “It leaves us that we’re housebound and can’t get anywhere.  NI Water are well aware of the issue as we’ve raised it numerous times. “Between the Housing Executive, the DOE, and NI Water, they all keep passing the buck by saying it’s not their problem.  The whole row of bungalows we’re in have issues with blocked toilets and NI Water sent someone out before to look at the drainage system who said there's a problem with the sewage system that would cost too much money to fix so they’ll just keep passing the buck. “I want them to get the issue sorted because it is happening far too often now.  My child is ill this week and I’m working for home, but if I had to leave there would have been no way of getting out. “Where I live it’s a dead end so I have to walk past three bungalows to get to my car, that whole row is just completely backed up with water.  My other daughter was supposed to go to the child minders this morning and they couldn’t get in to collect her because they would’ve been soaked. “They’ve told us in the past that it’s baby wipes, but it’s definitely not that. “I’m sick of it now, it’s a nightmare.” ‘Failed’ The area has been adversely impacted by floods in the past, particularly following the severe flooding of August 2017, during which time Independent Councillor Darren O’Reilly assisted residents. Following the latest incident fellow Independent Councillor, Sean Carr, explained that action was supposed to have been taken to fix the underlying problem previously - but it appears that whatever work was carried out has been unsuccessful. “This was its first test and it failed the residents again,” he said.  “I would call on all the agencies to come together to resolve the issue.  This shouldn’t come down to money, it needs to be fixed one way or another and I’ll be calling a site meeting to get these agencies out.” In a statement to the Derry News yesterday, NI Water confirmed that it has received reports of out of sewer flooding in the Creggan Heights and Coshquin areas, following a period of heavy rainfall. She added: “While it is still too early to determine the cause of the out of sewer flooding, it is a timely reminder of the unpleasant impact of putting the wrong things down the sewer.  The most common cause of blockages are baby wipes and sanitary items. “We would appeal to everyone to only flush the three Ps – Paper, Poo and Pee.  Residents genuinely do not realise the harm they are doing to the sewer system when they flush other items.  It is only when sewers overflow that we can truly see the impact it can have on the community.”

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