23 August 2017
After severe flooding in Londonderry and surrounding areas, East Londonderry MP Gregory Campbell and Foyle MLA Gary Middelton have commented on the devastation caused in the area.
DUP Spokesman on International Development and Cabinet Office
Gregory Campbell MP said, "Today Londonderry and the surrounding areas are dealing with the destruction and devastation caused by severe flooding. Last night a phenomenal amount of rain fell in the area in a very short time leaving cars stranded, some destroyed and many homes submerged in water.
I understand that this morning some homes are submerged in at least 4ft of water and it is important they receive help, as they deal with the impact these floods have caused.
This was a frightening experience as many had to leave their homes and go to nearby community centres, which were opened to those affected. Cars were abandoned as roads became completely impassable. Real devastation was caused by this flooding incident. Essentially, some areas were cut off as some roads are still closed and homes have been destroyed.
Both businesses and residents will be counting the cost of the floods. It is essential that those affected receive help and support in the coming days and weeks."
Gary Middleton MLA added, "Last night I was down at the scene. Many were distressed as a result of leaving their homes. Residents and family members spent an anxious night trying to contact relatives.
I want to commend those community groups who dealt with the need and gave support during the floods. The emergency services are also to be commended for their action last night in dealing with this incident. Some residents were trapped in their homes, with up to 120 people rescued by the emergency services. A real spirit of generosity and kindness was on display last night as the community came together to help one another.
Londonderry's infrastructure has been impacted with the closure of main roads and the City airport. A major clean-up operation is now underway.
As the rebuilding and clean up begins, I want to assure residents and business owners that we will be seeking a good outcome for those worst affected. The Council have now activated their emergency plans and hope to provide financial assistance to those who have been badly affected.
Both myself and my colleague Gregory Campbell MP will be working with all those concerned. Anyone who is in need should also contact the flood helpline on 0300 2000 100."