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Report calls for flood protection

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An official inquiry into widespread floods across Fermanagh in Northern Ireland has made key recommendations to protect homes and businesses and avoid a repeat of last year's chaos.

Measures suggested by the Government taskforce could help residents safeguard their properties as well as make savings on home insurance.

The report called for a review into how water levels in the Lough Erne are managed throughout the year and also recommended that lakeside roads prone to flooding be raised.

It said a flood defence system needs to be installed around one of Enniskillen's busiest shopping areas and more protection is required for the Killyhevlin Water Treatment Works.

Floods following heavy rainfall in November last year inundated large areas of Fermanagh, forcing the closure of schools and businesses, and stranding residents in their homes.

One of the most high profile incidents saw the Derrychara Link road that runs between the popular Erneside shopping centre and the ever busy Tesco and Asda stores being completed swamped.

The inquiry report has also stressed the need to ensure essential services continue to be delivered in the area in times of flood.

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