Lough Neagh Discovery Centre still open despite flooding

Flooding around Lough Neagh Discovery Centre.
Flooding around Lough Neagh Discovery Centre.
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Despite the flooding Lough Neagh Discovery Centre is still open.

While businesses just down the road at Kinnego marina have been closed due to the high level of the lough, council officials say the discovery centre is still accessible.

Flooding around Lough Neagh Discovery Centre.

Flooding around Lough Neagh Discovery Centre.

A spokesperson said: “The staff car park is not available and people are being diverted via roads which are not flooded.”

The news isn’t so good at Kinnego marina with a number of businesses flooded there and jobs put at risk.

Tens of thousands of pounds worth of damage has been caused to the stores after unprecedented flooding over recent days.

And questions have been asked why the level of Lough Neagh was allowed to reach such heights.

Flooding around Lough Neagh Discovery Centre.

Flooding around Lough Neagh Discovery Centre.

Nigel Sands, owner of Sands Marine, said his business is ‘under water’.

“I can’t operate. There is no phone system. Obviously afraid to put electric on in the building. People can’t get in to buy stock.”

Manus Lappin of Evolution Motorworks said they were fortunate to get most of the stock out of the way of the flood.

Mr Lappin said the lough is three feet above the standard average high.

“Questions need to be asked as to why this was allowed to happen,” said Mr Lappin.

Paul Quinn of South Shore Marine said: “There are nine people in my firm now who are going to be laid off. It is going to take weeks if not months for all the damage to be repaired.”

“The level of the lough could have been lowered in advance of the storms,” said Mr Quinn who estimates he will be losing tens of thousands of pounds worth of trade.

Upper Bann MLA Dolores Kelly described the scene as ‘utter devastation’ and demanded that the Assembly meet immediately as an emergency to look at the situation.