Work is currently underway in order to deal with flooding that has taken place along the Lagan Towpath.
Storm Ciarán has caused disruption across Northern Ireland over the past few days with flooding taking place in Newry, Downpatrick, Kilkeel and parts of Belfast.
The Lagan Towpath is one of the areas that have been impacted by flooding, with the path being completely blocked due to the level that the River Lagan has risen in recent days.
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The Deaprtment for Infrastructure is uging people to stay away from areas impacted by flooding.
A spokesperson said: “People are urged to stay away from flood defences, flooded areas and watercourses as these areas may be unsafe until an assessment of the damage caused by the heavy rain can be made. Flooding may have extensive and significant impacts on health and well-being, therefore we appeal to people to avoid flood water to minimise any risks to life.
“People are also reminded to pay attention to the road closure advice. Many roads are closed because of flood conditions which are not suitable for traffic to go through. Where necessary, temporary road or lane closures have been put in place on roads blocked by flooding and resources assigned to clear blocked pipes and gullies across affected areas. The most up to date information on road closures is available on Trafficwatchni.
“The Department for Infrastructure (DfI) continues to work alongside the PSNI and other multi-agency partners to respond to the situation and to deploy resources to where they are needed following the wet weather.”
There have been around 900 calls to the Flood Incident Line and approximately 12,000 sandbags have been deployed to areas where rain intensity, high tides and saturated ground has caused the flooding.
The flooding incident line on 0300 2000 100.
A Belfast City Council spokesperson said: “Our emergency co-ordination team are aware of the current flooding at The Lagan Towpath. We are part of a multi-agency response team in regard to the incident and are assisting with other agencies to monitor the situation.”
“We recommend residents contact the Flooding Incident Line on 0300 2000 100 if they are concerned with flooding – we also have a full list of information on our City Council homepage. https://www.belfastcity.gov.uk/flood.”
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