Alliance welcomes multi-agency approach ahead of expected flooding

Alliance Belfast representatives have welcomed the multi-agency approach led by the PSNI ahead of a suspected tidal coastal surge expected at midday tomorrow, and have urged everyone in affected areas to take precautions.

Flooding in coastal areas – including Belfast and the Ards Peninsula – has been predicted, with further precautionary measures expected to be announced.

East Belfast MP Naomi Long said: “The PSNI are leading a number of agencies in ensuring Belfast is prepared for serious flooding expected at lunch time on Friday. I want to praise the efforts of all involved, including Belfast City Council, The Rivers Agency, Northern Ireland Water, NIE, BT, Housing Executive and the Red Cross.

“If flooding does occur tomorrow there is a danger that wider areas could be affected. I would encourage everyone in Belfast City Centre to be vigilant and take any steps needed to protect their properties.”

Chris Lyttle MLA said: “Local agencies are taking all precautions necessary and sandbags have already been placed at river banks. It is vital these are not removed for personal use as these areas have been prioritised as high risk.

“Extra sandbags are expected to be delivered to Inverary Community Centre for collection, with PSNI officers on hand for further information. Other precautionary measures residents can take ahead of tomorrow’s expected flooding include moving valuable items to a higher level.”

Judith Cochrane MLA added: “All possible precautions are being taken and all vulnerable residents are being cared for.

“There will be on-going updates throughout the night and I would urge everyone in the affected areas to watch for further updates. For the time being anyone with concerns should use the PSNI number 0845 600 8000 to gain further information.”

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