CANALS TO SOAK UP FLOODWATER
Work has started on building Europe’s first ever ‘smart canal’ flood prevention scheme which will use the 250-year-old Forth & Clyde Canal.
The £17 million project by Scottish Canals, Scottish Water and Glasgow City Council will use a digital surface water drainage system to drain 110 hectares of land in Glasgow for regeneration and development, including 3,000 new homes.
Sensor and predictive weather technology will be installed to provide advanced warning of heavy rainfall. This will automatically trigger a lowering of the canal water level through channels and drainage ponds to create capacity for surface water run-off. The project will also see the Forth & Clyde Canal connected to five new sites including Cowlairs and Dundashill.
The project will open up the north of Glasgow