Cllr Tom Cunningham: Termonabbey and Aston Village Flooding ‘Avoidable’

Following the heavy rain last Monday residents of Aston Village and Termonabbey found themselves driving around and through a flood when exiting their estates.

Sinn Féin Councillor Tom Cunningham called the predicament ‘precarious’ and described it as having been ‘avoidable’.

Cllr Cunningham said “I notified Irish Water several weeks ago of the drains being blocked in the area stressing the urgency needed to get them cleared because of the adverse weather we have been having.

“Following the heavy rain on Monday, I contacted the Council following reports from local residents and then went to Aston Village. The road was flooded and the water was rising with nowhere to go. The drains obviously had not been cleared. Residents were

Cllr Tom Cunningham & Resident Kenneth Flood

finding it difficult accessing and exiting their estates.

“The Council staff arrived and immediately started work. I want to thank the Council workers who tended the area and for their quick response, it was an awful night to be out but the water started to clear and the road was eventually made passable.

“This was wholly avoidable if Irish Water had addressed my concerns weeks ago when it was first reported.”