Flooding near miss should serve as stark reminder of urgent need for flood defences - Murray

Inishowen Sinn Féin Councillor, Jack Murray, has said that rising waters and spot flooding on Wednesday morning should serve as a stark reminder of the need to urgently build flood protection measures in Burnfoot and Buncrana.
Cllr Murray said;
 
"On Wednesday morning, I was inundated with calls from local residents in Burnfoot and Buncrana who were extremely fearful that they could lose their homes once again.
 
"Thankfully they were spared the devastation we experienced in August 2017 - but only just.
 
"It is unacceptable that people in our community continue to live in constant fear of their homes being washed away. While those in Burnfoot successfully secured funding to construct flood defences, they still await those works. Those who were forced to leave their homes in the village still have no indication of when they'll they be able to return home.
 
"Worse still, the people who live along the Crana River have no plans for works at all. That is completely unacceptable, particularly given that they have commissioned professional research which shows the real danger of another flood in that area. 
 
"We cannot wait for more homes to be destroyed. We need action immediately.
 
"My colleague, Senator Pádraig Mac Lochlainn has sought an urgent meeting with Minister for the OPW and Flood Relief, Kevin Boxer Moran. I am hopeful that that meeting will be agreed and all representatives for Inishowen, of all parties, can work together to finally secure the protection our communities deserve."