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Help offered to combat flooding

Published: Wed, 28 Oct 2015
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Ciaran Flynn, Davy Harbinson (NIFRS), Kieran O’Reilly (Ligoniel Improvement Association), Bernie Caughey (New Lodge Housing Forum) and Elizabeth Mills (Westland Community Group).
Community groups get delivery of gel bags to combat flooding
The Housing Executive has delivered several hundred gel bags to community groups working in Belfast in preparation for Winter.
Community groups in the Westland, Ligoniel and New Lodge areas of Belfast took delivery of the bags and have completed training, led by the NI Fire and Rescue Service (NIFRS). They were selected having been affected by incidents of recent flooding.  
NIFRS made their facilities at the Springfield Road Fire Station available to the groups where they were able to simulate a flooding scenario at an outbuilding so community representatives could see how use the bags might be used successfully to stop water.
Gerard Flynn, the Housing Executive’s Assistant Housing Services Manager for North Belfast said :
“Despite the fantastic weather we’ve been having this October the Housing Executive is making sure our staff and the local community is prepared for any potential flooding in the coming months.  The new bags are a terrific asset to have.”
Davy Harbinson, NIFRS Station Commander, said:
“We were delighted to support the Housing Executive with this training for local community groups.  It is important everyone is prepared for winter and the potential for flooding. The gel bags provide an excellent resource in protecting property and for householders to defend against flooding.”
Each community group now has 100 gel bags stored in their estates in case of an emergency and the Housing Executive has a large supply to help out should it prove necessary.