Local Liberal Democrats call for action on flood protection

A call for a review of plans to prevent and tackle flooding in the wake of the recent heavy rain and flooding has come from Rutherglen Liberal Democrat Councillor Robert Brown.

Mr. Brown made his comments at a meeting of South Lanarkshire Council’s Enterprise Committee last week which was looking at a Report on the Council’s Risk Register and Risk Control Action Plan. Councillor Brown received an assurance that further reports will be made to the Council in the near future.

Robert Brown, who is also lead Scottish Parliament candidate for Glasgow Region, said:

“Everyone is fed up with the incessant rain we have had in recent weeks. This has also caused significant local flooding but fortunately not of the kind seen elsewhere.

The recent severe flooding that we have seen on our television screens from Cumbria and the South of Scotland show very clearly that we have to revisit flooding prevention plans as a matter of urgency. What was once described as a “once in a 100 years” storm has become something that can happen several times in a decade.

I was glad that Council officials have been looking at this issue. Cumbria experienced rainfall of 14 inches in a very short time which caused hundreds of people to see their homes badly flooded and thousands without power. We have to plan against the possibility of such things happening in South Lanarkshire too.

There is a major issue for central government to increase the available flooding for flood prevention – both to stop major floods and to deal with minor but damaging and inconvenient flooding such as that on Croftfoot Road.

Climate change is a stark reality now and we need to future-proof all our plans on flood prevention to make sure they are fit for purpose.”

Croftfoot_Road_flooding_Jan_2013_edited.jpgCroftfoot Road, as pictured in January 2013, is a persistent flooding hotspot. Work has been done to repair a broken drain and restore pipes but more work is required.


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