Infrastructure Minister Chris Hazzard has confirmed that TransportNI are giving serious consideration to a number of possible anti-flood measures on the Carnreagh Road, Castlewellan following a recent flood event which resulted in the busy rural road being closed for 2 weeks.
Mr Hazzard said:
“Unfortunately flooding recently occurred where the Carnreagh Road passes through a hollow, forming a natural basin with flood waters in the adjacent bog overflowing to more than 300mm above the road surface.
“Despite the best efforts of engineers and TransportNI officials, it was not possible to pump the flood water to a suitable discharge point as the flooded area was approx 3 acres in size. With no engineering solution available to relieve the flood waters, regretfully the road had to be closed due to safety concerns until the waters had receded.
“As promised during the road closure, TransportNI engineers are now actively investigating the site to determine what works can be carried out to deal with this issue permanently. Solutions under consideration include increasing the size of the pipe that carries water under the road, and / or raising the level of the Carnreagh Road so that the impact of future flooding on the road will be significantly reduced.
Mr Hazzard added:
“TransportNI engineers will now continue to liaise with Rivers Agency to ensure whatever solution is agreed upon is both effective and value for money.”
Solutions being considered for Carnreagh Road following Flooding
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