£1.3m to be spent on flood prevention measures

Farmland and roads flooded in Co Armagh last week. Picture by Justin Kernoghan, Photopress

AROUND £1.3m is to be spent on measures to prevent flooding - rather than compensation - after businesses and homes across the north were badly damaged by recent storms.

The extra money will come from a UK government emergency fund to help flood-hit areas.

The three departments dealing with the flooding - the Department for Regional Development, the Department of Agriculture and the Department of the Environment - are to look at how the money should be spent.

Regional development minister Michelle McIlveen, agriculture minister Michelle O'Neill and environment minister Mark H Durkan will present their proposals at the next Executive meeting on January 21.

Low-lying areas around sections of Lough Erne and Lough Neagh have been worst hit by the recent winter storms.

Ms O'Neill said yesterday 30 homes, nearly all of them along Lough Neagh, were flooded as a result of the storms.

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