Flooding fury

Thursday, 31 August 2017

AN Ahoghill butcher was left counting the cost of last week's freak heavy downpour which flooded the centre of the village and led to him throwing out hundreds of pounds worth of meat.
While most of the focus was on the trail of havoc in the North-West, Derek Allen, from Allen's Meats in The Diamond, lost his entire stock and claims blocked manholes in the village caused the problem.
“Ourselves, and several other small businesses in Ahoghill, have been left devastated," fumed Derek, who has been in business for 20 years.
“In what is already tough times we did not need this sort of thing. Things are tight enough without this happening. And I blame the blocked gullies for the problem."
The Galgorm man told the Guardian that he received a telephone call at five minutes to midnight from Ahoghill businessman, Trevor Logan, telling him to get to Ahoghill Diamond as quickly as possible.
"At that stage water was two to three feet in depth," recalled Derek.
The butcher expressed his bitter disappointment that the manholes in the village had not been cleaned out in months.
“They used to be cleaned out on a regular basis, but I'm told due to cutbacks they are only cleaned out once a year.
“This is not good enough, and has cost me, and likely the others affected, a small fortune," said Derek.
Last Wednesday morning Derek, and his wife Caitlin, worked hard clearing up and waiting for the vehicle arriving to cart off the worthless meat.
*Read the full story in this week's Ballymena Guardian.


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