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Task force for Fermanagh floods

Flooded road in County Fermanagh
Many people's lives and livelihoods continue to be disrupted after the floods

A Stormont task force is to be set up in response to the widespread flooding in County Fermanagh.

The group will consist of members from a number of government departments and will headed by the Office of the First and Deputy First Ministers.

It will investigate factors which contributed to the flooding and consider how departments could help in dealing with the aftermath.

The floods are receding but many people in the area are still affected.

Some residents are still having to use tractors and 4X4s to get to school and work.

After days of heavy rain, fields were transformed into lakes and roads turned into rivers across Fermanagh.

'Lessons learned'

Two roads in Enniskillen and Lisnaskea remain impassable after the floods.

The Derrychara Link Road and Rossmacaffry Road are closed to traffic, but the Roads Service has advised that other roads in the county which were affected are now "passable with care".

The are the Newbridge Road at the Share Centre, the Wattlebridge Road and the Inishmore Road.

The flooding task force was set up by a unanimous decision in the NI Executive.

It will examine lessons learned, longer term planning and preparations for possible future measures to minimise the impact of flooding.

All ministers expressed their concern at the hardship suffered by those affected.

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