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Watch: Flooding problems on rural Armagh road being reviewed says department

One resident recently posted a video of the flooded Co Armagh road after heavy rain

Investigations are ongoing into flooding problems on a rural road in Co Armagh, the Department for Infrastructure (DfI) has said.

A resident of Ballynagalliagh Road, near Tassagh in Keady, recently posted a video during a spell of heavy rain of water running down the road and into adjacent fields.

He told Armagh I the problem had been ongoing for around two years, with excess rainwater having nowhere to go.

“It runs down the road and into our field and the neighbour’s house every time there is heavy rain,” he said. “He has to use sand bags to protect his house and we have to move livestock off the land.

“The drains are blocked up along the whole road and have been for some time. With such high rates in the area we would expect better.

“Councillors have been contacted over this last couple of years by different neighbours on the road and this has been passed to the Department of Infrastructure with very little progress or solution.”

A Department for Infrastructure (DfI) spokesperson said: “The department carried out routine scheduled gully cleaning on Ballynagalliagh Road in May of this year but is aware of the concerns raised about recent flooding and is investigating.

“We are also aware that new development may have had an impact on the existing natural drainage and the dispersal of surface water in the area.

“Arrangements are being made to contact the relevant landowners to determine the best way to rectify any associated drainage issues.”

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