Flood pro­tec­tion bid

Re­port to look at is­sues in ar­eas in­clud­ing Down­field

Evening Telegraph (First Edition) - - Front Page - BY JON BRADY

An­gus Coun­cil and Dundee City Coun­cil have com­mis­sioned a flood pro­tec­tion study af­ter as­sess­ing the Dighty Wa­ter as a “po­ten­tially vul­ner­a­ble area.”

Hun­dreds of res­i­den­tial and non­res­i­den­tial prop­er­ties in the area are thought to be at risk from flood­ing from the Dighty.

The re­port will as­sess whether there are ways to com­bat flood risks in Down­field, along with ar­eas like Moni­fi­eth, posed by the burn, and could see fur­ther flood preven­tion mea­sures in­tro­duced.

The re­port should be com­pleted by the end of next year.

The Dighty is renowned for burst­ing its banks fol­low­ing spells of heavy rain­fall. Past years have seen local homes dam­aged as a re­sult of the burn over­flow­ing, and parks have been trans­formed into marsh­lands.

A spokes­woman for An­gus Coun­cil said: “We’re tak­ing the lead i n com­mis­sion­ing a flood pro­tec­tion study cov­er­ing Down­field & Dundee and Moni­fi­eth & Sid­laws, work­ing in tan­dem with of­fi­cers at Dundee City Coun­cil.

“The study will take a sus­tain­able ap­proach in as­sess­ing whether flood de­fences, sed­i­ment man­age­ment and nat­u­ral flood man­age­ment could re­duce flood risk.

“The ini­tial out­puts from the study are due in De­cem­ber 2019. Fol­low­ing this, any ac­tions for fur­ther works will be con­sid­ered.”

Along­side the flood pro­tec­tion study, An­gus Coun­cil has also com­mis­sioned sur­face wa­ter man­age­ment plans (SWMPs) to pre­pare for less se­vere in­ci­dents of flood­ing.

The SWMPs will cover Dundee, Broughty Ferry, In­ver­gowrie and Moni­fi­eth and will help local author­i­ties to cope with events such as drains over­flow­ing fol­low­ing heavy rain.

Both as­sess­ments will be car­ried out on be­half of the local author­i­ties by con­sul­tancy group RPS, which has scooped a con­tract worth £75,000.

Each re­port will form part of a flood risk man­age­ment plan be­ing com­piled be­tween now and 2022. The com­pleted plan aims to re­duce the im­pact of flood­ing across the whole of Tay­side.

Work is un­der way on some flood preven­tion mea­sures, in­clud­ing ef­forts to pro­tect Dundee’s wa­ter­front against flood­ing from the Tay.

Con­struc­tion be­gan on the bar­ri­ers on River­side Drive last year, and the wheels are in mo­tion to bring sim­i­lar mea­sures to Broughty Ferry.

THE risk of flood­ing in the Down­field area is set to be as­sessed in a new re­port by two local author­i­ties.

The Dighty Wa­ter has been as­sessed as a ‘‘po­ten­tially vul­ner­a­ble area’’ for flood­ing prob­lems.

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