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Urgent meeting demanded over Silverbridge river flooding

Local Sinn Féin Councillor Barra Ó Muirí has contacted the Rivers Agency to request an urgent meeting in relation to the issue of continued flooding along the Cully Water River and in particular the stretch that runs through Silverbridge.

He said: “The issue of flooding on this river is not a new phenomenon, and is one which is causing outrage among local farmers. They tell me that there are parts of the river flooding now that never flooded. This river floods every time it rains heavily.

“Recently, the environment agency has been investigating a report of illegal dumping on lands close to the river , and there is a belief locally that the heavy machines may have pushed clay into the river, reducing it’s capacity to hold water.

“Most feel that the river needs to be dredged, for at least a mile both sides of Silverbridge, in order to alleviate the flood issue, even in the short-term.

“That proposal will be discussed when this meeting is convened.”

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