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Infrastructure Minister, Nichola Mallon has announced that Newry is to be part of a £19M flood alleviation scheme with contracts for the works expected to be assigned this year.

The proposed DFI Flood Alleviation Scheme should contribute towards reducing the risk of flooding in Newry City centre. Photograph: Columba O'Hare/ Newry.ie

Commenting on the flood alleviation measures for Newry MLA Liz Kimmins said “I welcome the investment for flooding prevention measures in Newry this year by the Department for Infrastructure.  The first phase is expected to start soon with contractor awards given out later this year. 

“Phase one is set to cost £2.9 million and will implement flood alleviation measures for building on the Armagh Road, Downshire Road, Craigmore Way and Greenbank Industrial Estate, Newry.

“I understand that phase 2 and 3 of the flood alleviation scheme is projected to begin construction in 2024 and I have written to the Minister for Infrastructure to inquire whether this can be brought forward. 

“I have also asked the Minister what catchment management opportunities are being explored for Newry such as the planting of trees and the use of  Sustainable Drainage Systems like permeable pavements and detention ponds for example.

“Flooding is dangerous and can wreck homes and businesses, Its vital that we have the necessary infrastructure in place to protect our communities. "

Making the announcement earlier this month Minister Mallon said “I committed during my time as Minister to taking action to protect homes and businesses from flooding, and I am following through on this commitment by allocating £19 million in funding for flood alleviation schemes across the North in my 2020/21 budget, an increase of £11 million from last year."

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