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North–West floods cost £200k

North–West floods cost £200k 6 October 2017

The repair bill for houses damaged by heavy flooding in the north west is expected to exceed £200,000 (via BBC News)

In August, storms ripped through the area washing away cars, collapsing bridges and gutting homes and businesses.

According to the Housing Executive, 20 families are still in emergency accommodation in Londonderry.

A mobile home site, which will provide temporary housing until Christmas, is due to open in Eglinton on Monday.

It will serve 11 families who will remain out of their homes until Christmas.

Housing Executive area manager Eddie Doherty said about £175,000 had been spent on repairs so far.

“We are being hampered because we have to get homes completely dried out and certified as dried by a specialist contractor,” he told BBC Radio Foyle.

“Over the next week we’ll be getting our bills in, but I fully expect it to rise way beyond £200,000.”

Work to connect the temporary mobile homes to a drainage system, and provide electricity as well as drinking water, is nearly complete.

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