Flooding action plan for homeowners and businesses launched

THE Scottish Government has launched an action plan to help homeowners and businesses prevent damage caused by flooding this winter.

The Living With Flooding document sets out advice on how best to stop or mitigate flooding. Advice includes, storing sentimental items upstairs, positioning electrical sockets at a raised level, and having a permeable paving surface on outside pathways.

Environment secretary, Roseanna Cunningham, said,“Flooding is devastating for those affected, from the initial emotional shock of having possessions or stock destroyed, to the financial strain of leaving your home or closing your business.

“We must be more creative and pragmatic in our approach to adapting to the increased threat that climate change will bring. It is important that we work together to ensure we are more resilient to flooding.

“I hope everyone with a property at risk of flooding will benefit from this action plan.”

Karen Donald, chair of the property flood resilience delivery group, added, “While there continues to be action to help alleviate the effects of flooding, such as flood schemes and urban draining schemes, the responsibility for protecting property rests with the owner.

“This action plan equips homeowners and businesses with information about effective measures that can make a big difference in the event of a flood.”

The full action plan can be accessed here.