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Ahoghill flood alleviationn works begin

Thursday, 22 February 2018

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WORK on a 200,000 flood alleviation scheme in Ahoghill began this week.
The scheme has been developed following the flooding that occurred in August 2008 when floodwater over-spilled the banks of an open section of watercourse and flowed overland into the town centre causing internal flooding to 15 residential and 11 commercial properties.
The scheme, which will take approximately 12 weeks to complete, will involve the upgrading of the existing culvert system in the grounds of Brookside Presbyterian Church with the replacement of an existing culvert chamber, headwall and grille.
There will also be further works undertaken at watercourses within Ahoghill where a new 36 metre box culvert and 76 metre pipeline will be constructed.
These works are being undertaken by Lowry Building and Civil Engineering.
TUV Alderman Stewart McDonald, who witnessed the original flooding said locals would be delighted to hear the news.
He added:
“The flooding back in 2008 and again last year caused disruption to the lives of many people and resulted in considerable expense in terms of the damage caused.
“There should have been action before now to prevent a repeat of what happened but regardless of the speed of the response, this action is welcome.
“As a member of Ahoghill Flood Resilience, a group which  been calling for this for some time I a,m pleased that we are seeing some action."

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