McGimpsey raises Sicily Park flooding with Regional Development Minister

South Belfast Ulster Unionist Assembly Member Michael McGimpsey has raised his concerns today with the Regional Development Minister Danny Kennedy regarding flooding in Sicily Park, South Belfast.

The Assembly Member spoke to the DRD Minister following flash flooding in Sicily Park on Monday that resulted in the road being closed for some time and gardens being affected.

 In a statement Mr McGimpsey said, “I spoke to the DRD Minister today on behalf of Sicily Park residents, many of who have been living in fear for some time of their homes flooding and the potential devastation this would cause.  Roads Service and Northern Ireland Water must investigate this incident and take immediate action to ensure that it is not allowed to happen again.”

“While I appreciate that we did have a large volume of rainfall in a relatively short period of time, this is not inconceivable in our climate and our statutory agencies must be prepared to deal with and prevent flooding where possible.”

In conclusion Mr McGimpsey said, “The Minister has undertaken to keep me informed of any actin taken by Roads Service and Northern Ireland Water and I will continue to monitor the situation closely to ensure all that can be done is being done to ensure this type of event does not happen again.”

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