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Thu 18th November
Mr Bradley said: “Severe rainfall has caused serious flooding at a number of locations throughout the North and in particular South Down in areas such as Burren, Warrenpoint, Hilltown and Mayobridge and I am conscious that the appropriate action needs to be undertaken promptly to reduce the impact further heavy rain will have on communities.
“My constituency office is inundated with calls from concerned constituents who have had their roads or areas around their homes severely flooded as a result of the recent rainfall, which has been further compounded by drains being blocked and not able to cope with the heavy water volume and also rivers bursting their banks. Furthermore, road conditions were made extremely hazardous and many found themselves having to drive through numerous floods to get to work or other places.
“I will push for Roads Service to take the appropriate action as a matter of urgency to ensure leaves, twigs and other debris are removed from drains in preparation for further heavy rainfalls this winter and to try and avoid a repeat of what the public faced Wednesday last. Furthermore, I urge the Roads Service to routinely clean drains during autumn to prevent build up of leaves in them that would prevent water from flowing freely away”.