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26/09/2021

20 months after devastating floods - 'shock' at condition of rural drainage system

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The upkeep of the drainage system on and around flood risk communities should be a priority for everyone, according to Paul Hughes, Independent candidate in the Faughan District Electoral Area in Thursday's local government elections. Mr Hughes said he was "shocked" at the state of the draining system in rural areas. He said: "None of us will ever forget the floods of August 2017, especially the rural communities of Drumahoe, Newbuildings and Eglinton. Speaking last night, he said "As I was out and about talking with local people today at St Canices Park in Eglinton, one local man asked me to come with him to have a look at a few gulleys in the street. So I did. "I was shocked to see that almost all of the gulleys in and around the estate are currently in desperate need of maintenance as they are all blocked up! "Surely the upkeep of the drainage system on and around our flood risk communities should be a priority for everyone! "I have sent the photographs to the Department for Infrastructure demanding g that this issue be resolved as soon as possible. Im calling for a full review into all the gulleys located in and around our rural communities to take place as soon as possible. "Have we learned nothing from the floods of August 2017?" Mr Hughes concluded: "None of us will ever forget the floods of August 2017, especially the rural communities of Drumahoe, Newbuildings and Eglinton."

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