Published Thursday, 05 July 2012
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The Executive revealed on Thursday that the funds would be used to improve flooding infrastructure in south Belfast's Sicily Park, along the Loop River in the east of the city and in Cushendall.
Last week many homes and businesses were flooded in Co Antrim following heavy rain as infrastructure could not cope with the sudden deluge.
Some areas have been flooded four times in five years and many affected have said not enough is being done to prevent it causing devastating damage to their properties.
The flooding incident line is also to be upgraded, and a review will be carried out into the response to the floods.
Earlier on Thursday, the Lord Mayor of Belfast brought together city council party group leaders and senior representatives from NI Water, DRD Roads Service, Rivers Agency, NI Housing Executive and Belfast Health and Social Care Trust.
The representatives have agreed to work together to share information on areas at risk of flooding to develop an action plan, store and distribute sandbags or flood shields and review the emergency response to future flooding.
Our aim is to reassure the public that we are being proactive and that we are putting measures in place to make them feel less vulnerable.
Mayor Gavin Robinson
"I saw first-hand the devastation caused by last week's flooding and as public servants it is our duty to do all in our power to help our ratepayers," Alderman Gavin Robinson said.
"Some of the options discussed today include investigating the provision of flood shields which would help empower residents to protect their own properties so that they feel in some way prepared, rather than always having to rely on the assistance of others.
"Undoubtedly a collective multi-agency solution is the way forward and it is vital that interim measures are put in place and longer-term solutions are agreed."
The council has advised that property inspections are ongoing to assess properties that are eligible for hardship payments.
Council staff has inspected more than 1,600 properties to date and has also visited 2,000 homes to provide advice packs and offer any assistance.
So far, approximately 380 properties have been deemed eligible for hardship payments.
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