Survey of flood risks at Toome Road site

An alll too familiar scene at Toome Road following heavy rainfall. (Editorial Image).
An alll too familiar scene at Toome Road following heavy rainfall. (Editorial Image).

Councillors have welcomed plans by NI Water to carry out a flooding study in the vicinity of the regularly waterlogged homes at Toome Road.

News of survey work on lands owned by Mid & East Antrim Council was contained in a letter of notification from NI Water tabled at Council’s October monthly meeting, last week.

Council CEO Anne Donaghy explained that the survey work would be on ‘flood risks’.

She added that Toome Road and two other areas prone to flooding - Leighinmohr Avenue and Tullymore Park, had been selected as part of a province-wide pilot scheme, due to start soon, to help support communities in relation to flooding.

Welcoming the Toome Road survey, Deputy Mayor Timothy Gaston said: “It is imperative that NI Water sort this problem out once and for all”.

Cr Beth Adger said: “This has been a big problem for many years. It’s great to hear something is being done. Maybe this time we will get it sorted out.”

Cr Brian Collins commented: “This is to be welcomed for the people in the Toome Road. I believe this problem stretches back to the 1950’s.”

Cr Reuben Glover added that residents in the area “are happy and glad that this is going to take place.”

The first phase of a proposed flood alleviation scheme - sewer rehabilitation - is due to start in late spring. with NI Water taking the lead in developing the multi-agency project. It is understood the engineering development process should be concluded by the end of this year.