Sunday, 2 January 2011

Flooding update

Readers may recall that flooding incidents occurred across North Down during November 2010.

From immediate recollection serious flooding was been experienced on the A2 near Seahill, A2 opposite Dicksons Garden Centre on Belfast bound carriageway, A2 near Culloden (with pavements lifted due to force of water) and also on the Belfast Road, Holywood opposite Sullivan School.

I am concerned that these incidents are not “one off” but now seem to be regular occurrences which are causing significant disruption. I therefore sought an update from the Roads Service on proactive measures that are planned to eliminate these problems so we don’t experience the same difficulties on an ongoing basis with heavy rainfall now more and more likely.

In response I have been informed;

1. A2 near Seahill ~ flooding caused by debris blocking mouth of culvert. This has now been cleared. No further action programmed

2. A2 opposite Dickson Garden Centre ~ flooding took place due to the volume of water that was being fed to the road culvert. No engineering issue exists at this location. No further action programmed.

3. A2 at Woodlands ~ repair to a section of carrier pipe and footway has been programmed to commence after the Christmas Embargo. This work will resolve this issue.

4. Belfast Road, Holywood ~ investigations by Roads Service and Rivers Agency determined that the problem was associated with a blockage caused by foreign matter entering the drainage system. This has since been removed by Rivers Agency. The road culvert at this point which is under the control of Roads Service has been found to be fully functional.

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