Month: March 2013

Action Plan to tackle flooding

Action Plan to tackle flooding

South Lanarkshire Council is tackling the problem of flooding both at a strategic level and at local flooding “hotspots”, according to a report by officials to the Council’s Enterprise Services Committee. The report had been prepared following a call by Rutherglen South Liberal Democrat Councillor Robert Brown.

As well as clearing gullies, and giving priority attention to high risk locations, plans are being prepared for larger scale projects to tackle situations where there is a greater risk of larger scale flooding, not least for the Cathkin Braes.

Robert Brown said:

“Many parts of Rutherglen and Cambuslang have experienced repeated localised flooding after heavy rain – far more so than in most years past. It is clear that the effects of climate change are hitting our area with increased rainfall levels in recent years.

A lot of water pours off the Cathkin Braes after heaving rain and the road drainage system struggles to cope. I am glad there are plans being prepared to slow down the water flow off the Cathkin Braes but it is likely to require government funding to carry out. This work is feeding into the Local Flood Risk Management Plan being developed as part of a bid for government funding.

But there are also local situations where drains cannot cope – at Croftfoot Road at Spittal, Blairbeth Road, Burnside Road and East Kilbride Road amongst others. Some of these high risk gullies are clearer 4 times a year and monitored by the Roads department on top of that.

There are many causes – climate change causing heavier rainfall, more house building – which often means that water has nowhere to soak away, gullies and drains blocked by leaves or other debris, Victorian drains which are no longer adequate for the job. There are also a lot of burns, sometimes piped underground, running through most parts of Rutherglen.

My own view is that this is going to be an increasing problem in years to come and we must make sure that all possible precautions are taken by the Council, the Scottish Government and Scottish Water. Excess water can cause huge damage to roads and infrastructure as well as to private property.”