Project to help communities affected by flooding

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Residents of Riverside, Massereene Street, Abbeyview and Raceview are being invited to take part in a Community Resilience in Urban Areas project.

The project will involve a series of workshops to help communities who have been impacted by flooding and aims to develop a Community Emergency Plan.

Laura O’Boyle, Emergency Planning Officer for Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council, said: “This is a fantastic opportunity for the people of these areas to come together to look at what they can do and what the statutory agencies can do to limit the impact flooding has on our communities.

“We can’t stop the rain but we can be more prepared to deal with it.

“The more residents that participate in the building of this plan from Riverside, Massereene Street, Abbeyview and Raceview, the more useful and robust the plan will be.”

The next workshop will take place tonight, Thursday, April 21 at the Old Courthouse, Antrim at 6.30pm.

The workshop will give residents a clearer understanding of what to do in the event of a flood including who the emergency contacts are. There will also be information for residents regarding sandbag deployment, identification of community representatives within the overall plan as well as a detailed and direct weather and flood warning alert system.

The Community Resilience in Urban Areas project is being delivered by the British Red Cross in partnership with the Regional Community Resilience Group.

If you have any queries or for more information, email Elisabeth Young, Red Cross, eyoung@redcross.org.uk or Laura O’Boyle, Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council, laura.oboyle@antrimandnewtownabbey.gov.uk