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New flood report line is opened; WEATHER.

Byline: By MICHAEL MCHUGH

A NEW flooding incident line was launched yesterday ahead of warnings of heavy rain.

The single point of contact will be available 24 hours a day all year round.

Parts of Fermanagh and Tyrone are expected to suffer a deluge of up to 50mm today and drivers have been warned by the Met Office to take extra care.

Tom Kennedy, programme director for the flood line, said: "This new single number, 0300 2000 100, is a positive step forward.

"It will provide the public with one point of contact to report that their property is flooded or flooding.

"While this new number cannot undo the damage caused by flooding, it will make it simpler for people to report incidents.

"They will no longer have to decide whether to phone Rivers Agency, Roads Service or NI Water or wonder which telephone number to ring.

"But it is not an emergency call service. It is an important part of the Department of Finance and Personnel's commitment to improve citizens' access to government services and information."
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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Jan 31, 2009
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