Minister visits flood defence in southside

Environment Minister Aileen McLeod visits flood prevention scheme.
Environment Minister Aileen McLeod visits flood prevention scheme.

Environment minister Dr Aileen McLeod was in the southside recently visiting Cathcart’s flood prevention scheme in Spean Street.

The White Cart river has had a history of flooding going back several years and local residents regularly saw it bursting its banks and causing misery to those who live around the area.

That was until a flood prevention scheme was put in place in 2011 with £42 million of Scottish Government funding which made river levels much more easy to handle.

Dr McLeod said: “The last few weeks have seen unusually high levels of rain affecting some areas of Scotland, with last month being the wettest December on record, and across parts of the country communities are working together to begin to recover from the impact of Storm Frank.

“It was great to visit Eaglesham and Cathcart today and see how the flood defence schemes in both areas are working.

“I would like to thank everyone who has been involved in efforts to manage the recent flooding, including local authorities, emergency services and responders.

“The Scottish Government’s resilience committee remains in constant contact with the relevant agencies as we continue to support affected communities and businesses.

“As many areas focus on recovery, we are continuing to monitor the current flood alerts and work with local partners in affected areas.

“I’d once again urge people, particularly in Perth, Angus and Aberdeenshire to monitor the latest forecasts for their areas.”