Preventing future flooding in Edzell

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Creating a resilient action plan to “avoid, prevent and prepare” for flooding was the topic of the latest meeting of the Edzell Flood Group.

When looking to put in place a multi-agency plan, it was clarified by Angus Council that they class short term as being three to six months, medium term a six to 18 months and long term as one to two years or more.

The group is awaiting the result of a topographic report and drainage plan to ascertain the best solution for the village.

The survey is already under way; in addition CCTV has been requested for inspection of culverts and should go ahead within the next seven days.

Angus Council has appointed a maintenance engineer to keep a watch on the burn/culverts for debris and blockages in the meantime.

Wide discussion was held around the fact that the solution may consist of many different remedies such as upstream diversion, holding tanks, culvert replacements, road drainage, culvert widening etc. and may not be just one simple solution such as the diversion of the Wishop Burn.

Additionally it was discussed that residents can defend their properties using flood protection aids.

The Scottish Flood Forum is offering free of charge property surveys to ensure each resident has the most appropriate flood products to fit their individual property.

For more information about the survey visit www.scottishfloodforum.org/flood-protection/flood-protection-home-survey/

Janice Wotherspoon, senior engineer at Angus Council, asked villagers to complete the following short survey, www.angus.gov.uk/bestvalue/consultation/documents.cfm?myRef=639, which will assist in providing supporting information for the Flood Risk Assessment which Angus Council are undertaking.

The survey can also be completed by downloading the survey and sending it to Janice Wotherspoon, Senior Engineer, Angus Council Roads Division, Infrastructure Services, County Buildings, Forfar, DD8 3WR.

Next meeting of the group will be Monday (February 25) at 7.30 p.m., in The Cottage, Dalhousie Street, Edzell.