Flooding preparations from NI Water, Rivers Agency and Roads Service
18 October 2013 15:25There is currently a heightened risk of surface water flooding due to intense downpours.
The three drainage agencies, Northern Ireland Water, Rivers Agency and Roads Service have made preparations to limit the impact of any flooding. Measures include:
- Checking grilles and culverts
- Cleaning gullies in areas that are prone to flooding
- Placing staff on stand-by at various locations including pumping stations
- Working with councils to ensure stocks of sandbags are available for distribution
It is not possible for Government to prevent all flooding as extreme rainfall events can exceed the design capacity of drainage systems. Government agencies will however do their utmost to minimise the impact of any flooding that may occur. However, we would appeal to people who feel that their property may be at risk of flooding to think about what they themselves can do to reduce the impact – simple things like, for example:
- Making plans to prevent water entering their property e.g. have sandbags available
- Moving valuable house contents upstairs if that’s possible
- Know where to turn off electricity or gas
Additional advice on how to prepare for a flood and what to do if a flood happens can be found on the NI Direct website (Property and Housing) or by ringing one of the government agencies.
To report a flood, please phone the Flooding Incident Line – 0300 2000 100