Flood prevention pays dividends

Flood prevention success
Flood prevention success

Residents were spared the misery of being flooded in their homes at the weekend thanks to defences put in place by the council.

The flood prevention measures around Colquhoun Park, in Bearsden, were part of a project in East Dunbartonshire during the last two years which cost a total of £700,000.

Properties around Conan Avenue were flooded in August 2006 and more recently again in July 2012 and October 2013.

Depute leader of the council and convener of neighbourhood services, Ashay Ghai said: “Our flood defences around Colquhoun Park, Bearsden, were put to the test by the unprecedented intense heavy rainfall at the weekend, however no properties on Conan Avenue experienced internal flooding.

“The defences did their job and with great support from the Fire and Rescue Service and Scottish Water, residents were spared the misery of flooding in their homes.

“We will learn lessons from the weekend and continue to work with colleagues from Scottish Water to identify any further improvements to the drainage and the effectiveness of our flood defences.

“Quite simply, without them, the situation around Conan Avenue would have been much worse.”

The work involved creating a wetland area in the north east section of Colquhoun Park, and an overflow chamber to direct flow from St Germain’s Burn into the wetland.

Ledcameroch Burn was also diverted into the wetland and the former boating pond on Conon Avenue was modified to become a holding pond.

The existing playpark was moved to accommodate the wetland and a highway drainage pipe was installed along Conon Avenue to divert surface water away from the road.

Councillor Ghai added: “We are not complacant though and our engineers will continue to monitor the situation in this area.”