Frustration in Carrick at B90 flooding solution delay

Roy Beggs MLA investigating the watercourse. INCT 03-752-CON
Roy Beggs MLA investigating the watercourse. INCT 03-752-CON

The Rivers Agency is being urged to help put an end to recurring flooding on one of Carrick’s busiest commuter routes.

Residents’ frustration has been compounded by what they see as lack of action over the Marshallstown Road problem despite its source having been located. It has led elected representatives to raise the issue again with the relevant authorities.

East Antrim MLA Roy Beggs recently pressed Regional Development Minister Michelle McIlveen for her assessment of “repeated flooding” on the B90.

Responding, the minister said: “Across the road network, localised road flooding can occur during intense or prolonged rainfall and I am aware of localised flooding issues along the Marshallstown Road. The existing drainage system is maintained by my TransportNI officials; however this may be compromised when leaves cover gratings. This risk is reduced through regular sweeping by Mid and East Antrim Council.

“My officials are aware of an ongoing flooding problem from Sullatober Lane which is privately owned. This is currently being investigated by my officials and Rivers Agency colleagues. The existing road drainage system at this location is cleaned on a regular basis and will minimise the impacts of this flood water until the landowner is identified and remedial work can be undertaken.”

Mr Beggs, who has contacted Rivers Agency for an update. added: “Rivers Agency have been slow to respond to date, but I appreciate that there has been major flooding in other parts of Northern Ireland. I would hope that the flooding elsewhere is now easing so that local residents’ concerns in the Sullatober area can now be addressed.”