Don visits flood hit Edzell residents

Pictured: Nigel Don surveys the damage done to flood hit properties in Edzell. He was accompanied on his visit by members of the Edzell Flood Action group.

Pictured: Nigel Don surveys the damage done to flood hit properties in Edzell. He was accompanied on his visit by members of the Edzell Flood Action group.

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Angus North and Mearns MSP, Nigel Don, visited Edzell on Monday when he spoke to residents about the effects of the December 23 floods.

Edzell was badly hit by the severe weather in December, with properties in Dunlappie Road and Castle Gardens been some of the worst effected areas. Parts of the village were flooded for the first ever time.

Mr Don was met by Edzell flood action group members, including chairperson Fiona Work, who showed him some of the homes devastated by the floods.

During his tour of the village, Mr Don was informed that the group have had great success at working in correlation with both Angus Council and the Scottish Environmental Protection Agency (SEPA).

The flood action group informed the MSP that the council were currently undertaking a topographic study of the area and are carrying out a drainage plan.

There have been many possible solutions suggested to help prevent the flood happening again, but the flood group are hopeful that the topographic study will help formulate the best solution for the issues.

Fiona Work, said:” The solutions are multi-faceted and hopefully any solutions will be guided by the topographic report.”

Since the floods affected the area in December, Angus Council has already carried out maintenance works.

A full inspection of Wishop Burn and the culverts has been carried out along with rainfall analysis during the rainfall that led to the flooding.

The authority has also carried out a camera inspection of the culverts in order to assess their current condition.

They have also assured residents that the roads division will continue to monitor Wishop Burn and remove debris which may cause a block to the culverts.

If residents spot a significant blockage in between inspections, the authority have encouraged locals to report the issue to them. However, they did request that calls be restricted to a “reasonable degree of necessity, particularly for out-of-hours.”

Speaking after his visit, Mr Don said: “I am grateful to all those who turned out to show me around Edzell and to let me understand the damage done by the excess water in the Wishop Burn.

“It is gratifying to know that remedial work is happening quickly, and that folk are coping with their adversity with a good humour.

“I was left with a clear sense that residents felt there are relatively simple and inexpensive things which can be done to reduce the risk of a repeat of the flooding.

“Discussions are already going on with the relevant officers in Angus council, and I was pleased to hear that working relations seem to be good.

“I have frequent discussions with Angus council about flooding issues and will be interested to hear about progress in Edzell. I shall also be meeting with SEPA to discuss the many issues which have been raised with me by folk across the constituency.”

The Edzell Flood Action group were formed in January and their main objective is to prevent serious flooding events from occurring again.

The group have been working with the Scottish Flood Forum (SFF) since their inception to help provide protection for the area should there be another flood event.

The SFF are holding a meeting to show flood products that are available to property owners to keep their property safe. Paul Hendy, a director from Scottish Flood Forum, is hosting the session which will take place in The Cottage, Dalhousie Street, Edzell on March 11 from 4 to 7 p.m.

During the session Mr Hendy will demonstrate flood protection products such as door barriers and air vents.

Notes of the Edzell Flood Group meetings are available to view in Edzell Post Office. The group are next set to meet on March 11 at The Cottage at 7 p.m.

They also have a Facebook page where you can keep up-to-date with their progress www.facebook.com/EdzelFloodIssue.