Rumbles welcomes additional flood defence funding

The Scottish Government is investing an additional 713,000 to help prevent the damage caused by flooding.

The 713,000 will include 300,000 for the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) to help with its work on flood forecasting and warning. SEPA will also get an additional 200,000 in 2019-20.


The Scottish Flood Forum will receive 33,000 next year to raise awareness of flood protection work for properties.


A further 180,000 will go towards surveys aimed at providing better data to improve the assessment and management of flooding risks.


Commenting Mike Rumbles said: “I welcome this increased funding announcement. As a costal and mountain region, the North East is more susceptible to flooding than other parts of the country.


“Settlements such as Montrose and Kemnay would benefit greatly from surveys of the area, providing data to help future proof current arrangements and develop them.


“Flooding devastates communities and I hope this money will go a long way to prevent that.”


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