Shimna Flood Alleviation Scheme Is Completed
Mourne’s Sinn Féin Councillor Willie Clarke has welcomed the completion of the Shimna River flood alleviation scheme in Newcastle.
Cllr Clarke said: “I welcome the completion of the £6.3 million Shimna Flood Alleviation Scheme in Newcastle.
“Infrastructure Minister John O’Dowd visited the location and recently viewed the completed scheme.
“The infrastructure will now provide flood protection to 312 homes in Newcastle, County Down.
“The investment by Rivers Agency, will protect a number of housing estates from flooding which include, Bryansford Avenue, Bryansford Road Shimna Rd, Elmgrove Park, Larchfield Park, Beechfield Park and Marguerite areas of Newcastle, where many homes were destroyed by flooding.”
Cllr Clarke added: “The flooding in this area has destroyed residents homes during a number of major flooding incidents since 2008.
“Many residents were flooded numerous times, which caused devastation to the community in Newcastle.
“Cars and homes were submerged in water and emergency services’ teams were on the ground rescuing those in danger. This flood alleviation scheme will prevent further misery to hundreds of householders.
“The Minister was on site to view the completed scheme that will bring 312 homes and businesses enhanced flood protection and reduced flood risk.
“The scheme involved the construction of 1430 metres of flood walls and embankments that extend both upstream into Tipperary Wood and downstream into Island Park from the New Bridge on the Bryansford Road,” said Cllr Clarke.