Action taken to tackle flood zones

ANGUS Council staff responded to more than 70 incidents across the county during last month’s severe flooding.

In several locations rivers and watercourse burst their banks on Friday, October 12. Roads, properties, gardens and fields were flooded.

Members of the council’s infrastructure services committee were given a round-up last Tuesday of incidents and action taken.

Three instances were in the Montrose area were reported including flooding in Burnside Place in Ferryden caused by overspill from ditches on an unclassified at the top of the village. The landowner has been asked to leave part of the adjacent farmland fallow to cut down on run-off.

The road was closed and swept the following day, reopening at 7pm. An overflowing culvert near Grampian Growers, on the A937 Hillside to Marykirk road, also caused some disruption although channels were dug into neighbouring fields to allow water to drain away and Angus Council is currently discussion improvements with the landowner. The C38 road at Gallery House was closed until October 14 due to flooding and a drainage scheme is currently being considered.

In his report to councillors, infrastructure services director Eric Lowson said the roads department has identified and in some cases already taken action at 36 of the 76 flooding sites and work is continuing to identify required actions at the remaining 40.”