Northern Ireland

Floodwaters in Sixmilecross block road for 10th day

Image copyright Mavis Alcorn
Image caption The Drumlister Road: Closed for the 10th day says Mr Alcorn

The main road connecting an estimated 25 families to their nearest town, has been blocked for 10 days by flooding, according to a local resident.

Roy Alcorn said the Drumlister Road, which links Carrickmore to Sixmilecross, County Tyrone, flooded on 6 November.

Apart from a three-hour respite on Wednesday, Mr Alcorn said the waters have not been cleared.

A Department for Regional Development spokesperson said work was under way.

Mr Alcorn said the one mile drive to his closest shops in Sixmilecross currently required an extra three mile detour.

The 50 metre section of flooding is close to Sixmilecross, so the majority of the residents on the street are affected.

Mr Alcorn estimated there are about 25 families living on the street.

Workers had cleared the water on Wednesday, but it flooded again within three hours according to Mr Alcrorn

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Media captionLocal resident Roy Alcorn said nothing had been done to the road for almost 25 years

While floodwaters have receded around Northern Ireland following Friday's heavy rains, Mavis Alcorn said the floodwater was still in place on Drumlister Road.

"The water has not gone down one bit. They say it has nowhere to go," she said.

Transport NI said there had been flooding periodically on the site since 6 November, and that engineers had now identified the problem.

A spokesperson said: "Works to resolve the issue will require the drainage system to be opened in the [adjacent] field using specialist plant. This work has now been commissioned and will commence as soon as it is practicable."

"Although it may cause temporary extra journey length because of the diversion, all property is accessible," they said.

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