We have awarded the first grants to householders in Aberdeen who were affected by the terrible flooding which happened after Storm Frank.
The devastation to homes and residents is catastrophic for many, not just in material terms with belongings ruined but also emotionally, with treasured photographs or other family memories destroyed or tainted forever.
While insurance can take a while to sort out and people move into alternative accommodation for many months afterwards, it is good and right Aberdeen City Council has moved swiftly to ensure householders are already getting their £1,500 grants just a few weeks later.
The grants, which are available through all local authorities in Scotland to administer, provides £1,500 to residents who were flooded by Storm Frank and meet the criteria.
The money will go towards either householders protecting their homes in the future with flood guards, or helping out at this difficult time, especially just after the festive period.
We’d welcome more householders getting in touch with us to apply for the grants as Peterculter, Cults, Inchgarth Road, Waterton Road and other parts of the city were affected by flooding after Storm Frank.
The flood prevention scheme priorities for Aberdeen City Council include:
- Peterculter – Millside and Paddock – flood walls etc
- Merchant Quarter – Collaborative project with Scottish Water to prevent city centre sewer flooding
- Flood-guard Scheme – council grant to residential and business properties to purchase flood guards
- Inchgarth – a flood wall to protect road and properties
- Deeview Court – flood Gates to prevent river flooding to residential home
- Riverside Drive – measures in place for the area near Bon Accord Glass
- River Don early warning system – to alert Grandholm Village etc
The total cost of implementing these city-wide schemes will run to tens of millions of pounds with implementation phased over a number of years.
Flood prevention schemes already in place include:
- Westburn Park Detention Pond – protects Fraser Place etc
- Glashieburn Scheme – protects Lochside Drive
- Stronsay Detention Pond – protects Fountainhall, Queens Cross and Mackie Place
- Jacks’s Brae – prevents Jack’s Brae and Denburn Car Park from flooding
It is good to see our anti-flooding measures taking effect now, with hundreds of homes were saved when Westburn Park, Glashieburn, Stronsay and Jack’s Brae areas flooded after Storm Frank as they have been designed to do, to act as containment pools for extra water from burns and sewers. Our staff in roads, housing and emergency planning departments reacted well at the time to help as many people as possible as they – along with staff who work hard on the flood prevention schemes – all know the devastation flooding causes. Designing and costing a flood scheme for the Peterculter area is next on our list.
Residents or businesses who would like to apply for the grants can contact 01224 219281 or 08456 080919, and more information including a form to download is available from Flooding Assistance. Only those households and businesses which were directly affected by the flooding during the period 29-31 December 2015 (Storm Frank) and the flooding of 7-8 January 2016 i.e. which suffered inundation of water within their premises, will be eligible to apply for the grant.