Coalisland families face costly repair bill after ‘nightmare’ flood

One resident of King's Row Coalisland captured this picture of the severe flooding from Storm Desmond
One resident of King's Row Coalisland captured this picture of the severe flooding from Storm Desmond

Flood hit families in the King’s Row area of Coalisland have been plunged into their “worst nightmare” just days before Christmas.

One resident who lives there has told the TIMES how debris and flood water has washed up to her front door and that her car is now “a complete write off” after a deluge of rain fell when Storm Desmond reached its peak.

Local Sinn Fein councillor and Council Chair, Linda Dillon, has been helping those affected, who are entitled to apply for emergency flood payments of £1,000.

Cllr Dillon told the TIMES: “The environmental health inspectors have been out at King’s Row and they will send a report to the Department. I don’t think there will be a problem for anyone receiving their payment.

“This is just everyone’s worst nightmare. People have had washing machines, kitchens, carpets, just destroyed.”

The King’s Row area of the town has flooded many times in the past, however, after work was carried out there in recent years, the issue appeared to have improved. Cllr Dillon said she understood the problem arose with a grille in much the same way as had occurred with the Linen Green in Moygashel.

And, as weather warnings continue to be made, Cllr Dillon reminded people in the Coalisland and surrounding areas that they can access a sand bank at Clonoe Community Centre.

A spokeswoman from Mid Ulster Council said it is currently assessing 16 properties.