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Housing Executive repair bill for Derry and Tyrone summer flooding to top £200,000

The August floods wrecked roads, bridges and homes including the bridge at Claudy. Picture by Margaret McLaughlin
Seamus McKinney

THE Northern Ireland Housing Executive expects the bill for repairs to houses damaged in August’s north west floods to exceed £200,000.

Torrential rain caused millions of pounds worth of damage in Derry, Donegal and Tyrone, collapsing roads and bridges and wrecking homes. Worst hit areas included Eglinton, Drumahoe, Tullyally and Claudy in Derry and Burnfoot and Carndonagh in Co Donegal.

Area manager for the Housing Executive, Eddie Doherty has revealed that 20 families in Northern Ireland and still in emergency accommodation while it is expected 11 families will not be able to return to their homes until after Christmas.

Mr Doherty said that around £175,000 has already been spent on housing repairs by the Executive. He said that repairs were proving difficult because homes had to be completed dried out and certified by a specialist contractor.

Following a new yellow rain warning in Donegal on Wednesday evening, a number of buildings were severely damaged by new floods in Killybegs.

Donegal county council staff were joined by fire service personnel and others at Bridge Street and Shore Road in Killybegs as water levels rose. Among the buildings damaged in the floods as the office of Donegal independent TD, Thomas Pringle.

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