Agenda and minutes

Update on North West Flooding in August 2017, Special Meeting of Derry City and Strabane District Council (Open)
Wednesday 27 June 2018 4.00 pm

Venue: Guildhall, Derry. View directions

No. Item


Notice and Summons of Meeting


The Chief Executive read the Notice and Summons for the Meeting.



Member Attendance and Apologies


The Chief Executive completed the roll call. Apologies were received from Aldermen R Hamilton, Kerrigan, Ramsey, Thompson and Councillors Campbell, Carr, Donnelly, C Kelly, Logue, Reilly and Tierney.


Declarations of Members Interests


There were no declarations of interest.


Suspension of Standing orders


Councillor Duffy proposed a suspension of Standing Orders, to allow MLA’s to participate in the Meeting for the discussion on the update on flooding to the Derry City and Strabane Council Area in August 2017.


Councillor Duffy moved, Seconded by Alderman McClintock


That    Standing Orders be suspended to allow MLA’s to be seated in the Council Chamber and  to participate in the discussion on the flooding which took place within Derry and Strabane Council area in August 2017.


The vote was unanimous in support of the proposal. The proposal was therefore carried.




Update on North West Flooding August 2017 from Relevant Agencies


The Lead Assurance Officer presented the above item and advised that the purpose of the Meeting was to update Members on the work which was ongoing since the regional flooding of August 2017.


Councillor M McHugh joined the meeting at this point.


The Mayor advised that representatives from the relevant agencies such as the Western Health Trust, the Department of Infrastructure (Roads and Rivers), the Northern Ireland Executive Office, the Red Cross and the Loughs Agency were present to update Members.


Mr McKee, Department of Infrastructure (DFI) Rivers addressed Council.  He advised that he was providing an overview of processes that had taken place since he last addressed Council in relation to flooding on 14 December 2017. He referred to a review which DFI Rivers had published on the 27 March 2018, highlighting that work had commenced on 7 of the 14 recommendations made in the review. He added that repairs had been carried out on 3 kilometres of flood defences.


He advised that one of the key findings within the review was the relevance of the partnership between DFI Rivers and developers during the planning process, stating that this was both valuable and necessary and should continue. He outlined that pre- feasibility studies were taking place in the Drumahoe and Eglinton areas to evaluate the costs and benefits of investment to infrastructure which should be completed in early 2019. He commented that viable works were also being considered for other areas within the city region.


He also advised that a recommendation had been made surrounding the support which can be provided by the emergency services. He commented that an online portal would be developed which would enable flooding calls to be viewed in real time as they were made.  He stated that he felt there was evident confusion on the function responsibilities of government departments and stated that a website would be constructed to clarify these this to the public.


He remarked on the level of community resilience within the Drumahoe and Eglinton areas and the importance of the engagement of elected Members within these communities. He also commented on the role which the Red Cross played within harnessing volunteer support in an emergency situation.


Mr McCartney, DFI Roads advised that during the August 2017 floods 200 roads were damaged, 60 roads were closed immediately and 89 bridges were damaged. He also advised that to date all 60 roads had been reopened with the exception of Ballynameen and Glenrandel Bridges.


He explained that design work on Ballynameen Bridge had commenced immediately after the floods and that after the procurement and approval processes had been completed (including DFI structural and DFI technical approvals) the contract was awarded to FP McCann in February 2018. He advised that outside approvals had taken 8 weeks to obtain, which had a knock on effect on the timeline. He continued that the works were being carried out at present with a completion date of 28 September 2018.


In relation to Glenrandel Bridge, Mr McCartney advised  ...  view the full minutes text for item SC31/18