Report aims to tackle flood risks

The management plan looks as flood risk areas across Angus, including Montrose Basin.

The management plan looks as flood risk areas across Angus, including Montrose Basin.

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A blueprint of how to manage and prevent flooding in hot spots across Angus has been published by Angus Council.

The Tay Estuary and Montrose Basin Flood Risk Management Plan is the result of a partnership between the local authority; Aberdeenshire, Dundee, Fife and Perth and Kinross Councils; Scottish Water; the Scottish Environment Protection Agency and the Cairngorms National Park Authority.

The report has identified 19 areas across the region as being potentially vulnerable to flood risk, covering around 3490 residential and 1210 non-residential properties with the annual average damage estimated at around £13.6million.

The 24 square mile area around Montrose Basin is at particular risk of coastal flooding from the North Sea and The Basin itself with the additional high risk of surface water flooding in Montrose and Ferryden. The council will undertake a flood protection study to be delivered by 2018/19 to assess whether flood defences and natural flood management can reduce flood risk. Related measures will include new flood warning, community flood action groups; awareness raising and self-help.

Other areas in Angus to be considered include Brechin, where the council has already carried out detailed studies for the design and build a flood to tackle the effects of the River South Esk flooding; Arbroath; the Lunan Water, Carnoustie and Barry and Monifieth.

Councillor Jeanette Gaul, a member of the council’s flood risk management member officer group, said: “Individuals are the first line of defence against flooding and have responsibilities to protect themselves from flooding. The publication of this plan shows that the co-ordinated and collaborative efforts of public bodies can be brought together to deliver sustainable outcomes.”

The full report can be viewed at www.angus.gov.uk