Storm Babet: Letter to First Minister

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A senior Dundee Councillor has written to the First Minister seeking funding for further flood prevention in the city in the wake of Storm Babet.

The storm caused widespread damage across the city, including flooding to homes and other properties in a number of communities.

As the recovery operation continues, Convener of Fair Work, Economic Growth and Infrastructure, Steven Rome, is seeking financial support to put in place measures which will “future-proof” areas vulnerable to flooding.

In his letter to First Minister Humza Yusaf, Cllr Rome spoke of the “unforeseeable and unprecedented” damage caused in areas such as Claverhouse.

“This has been absolutely devastating for residents,” he wrote.

“Sadly, given our changing climate, such catastrophic damage may become more common in future. Similar to what happened in Brechin, Angus, when the floodwaters breached defences that were only recently constructed, the existing flood prevention infrastructure in Dundee was unable to cope with weather extremes.

“I note the recent commitment for additional funding for flood prevention improvements in Brechin and would request that funding be made available to help future-proof vulnerable areas throughout Dundee from further devastation and to assist with the repair of damaged infrastructure.

“Can you please confirm that Dundee City Council will be able to access funding to take forward flood prevention measures in the area specifically affected by Storm Babet?”

Inspections of infrastructure damaged in the storm are already under way, while the removal of trees has opened a number of affected roads.

The Council and its partners also continue to provide support to the communities which have been most directly impacted by flooding.

For the latest service information and sources of help and advice, please visit the dedicated webpage on the Council website.

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