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FLOODS: Cost to local road infrastructure put at £3m

Repairing the Camlough Road near Carrickmore will cost £100,000.

The estimated damage to the local roads infrastructure following the severe flooding of August has been put in the region of £3million.

The figure was disclosed last week in a meeting between senior officers from DfI Roads and the Fermanagh and Omagh District Council. However at the same meeting, it emerged that just £1.8m in funding has been secured to date.

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Large areas of the Sperrins, Glenelly Valley and Mid Tyrone region were left devastated by the flash floods of August 22-23 when 63 per-cent of the average rainfall for the entire month of August fell in under nine hours.

The report to the council outlined major resurfacing work needed on 16 local roads.

It also revealed that 650 bridges were located in the area affected by the flooding, with 89 bridges identified as needing urgent repair or in some cases replaced.

Two bridges the Camlough Road, near Carrickmore, and on the Crockanboy Road, near Greencastle, were destroyed.

Another 26 bridges in the Omagh district were seriously damaged.

The bridge on Crockanboy road was repaired at the end of September at a cost of £70,000. Last week it was heard that the work to repair the Camlough Road bridge was ‘spade ready’ but no contractor had yet been appointed.

The work to replace the bridge and repair the Camlough Road will cost around £100,000 it was heard.

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TOTAL DAMAGE

A landslide between Omagh and Gortin after the severe flooding of August 22-23.

The report presented to councillors revealed that special funding of £1,859,000 had been secured to carry out the necessary repairs.

But Harold Henry, network maintenance manager with DfI Roads’ Western Division, put the total damage in the region of £3m. He said all but one road had now been reopened.

“The estimated damage was somewhere in the region of £3m,” he said. “Funding made available at the moment is just under £2m, but in the last ten weeks we have made inroads. Apart from one, all the roads have been reopened.”

The maintenance manager said the roads were generally passable but the surface still requires work.

“Work is ongoing and all resources available have been put to expedite the exercise as quickly as possible,” he added.

REPAIR LIST

The report to the council stated that once drainage systems were restored, resurfacing would be undertaken on 16 local roads in the Omagh district area. The report doesn’t include roads damaged in the Strabane district area.

The biggest resurfacing projects will be carried out on Glencullin Road (4.3km), Meenadoo Road (3.2km), Camcosy Road (2.7km) and two sections of Liggins Road at 3km and 551m. Two sections of the Gorticashel Road will also be resurfaced at 1.2km and 420m.

The remaining surfacing work will address sections of the following roads: Crockanboy Road (1.6km and 300m), Aghascrebagh Road (1.4km), Liscabble Road (1.3km), Magherbrack Road (800m), Mullydoo Road (700m), Loughmallon Road (700m), Fallagh Road (564m), Glenpark Road (530m), James Branch (400m), Cloughfin Road (300m) and Davagh Road (87m).

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