In the wake of severe flooding following Storm Frank earlier this month, the Scottish Government has formally launched the country's first National Flood Risk Management Plan.
The six year plan to protect homes, businesses and communities from flooding plan comprises 14 separate local strategies, first published by The Scottish Environment Protection Agency in December. The strategies identify a total of 42 flood protection schemes that have been proposed for action over the next five years at a total cost of £235m, aiming to protect up to 10,000 properties.
The Scottish Environment Protection Agency's Chief Executive, Terry A'Hearn said:
“Flooding has caused devastation and misery for many people across Scotland in recent weeks. In fact, December 2015 was the wettest on record with 50 of our gauging stations recording their highest ever levels.
The Flood Risk Management Strategies have been developed to help reduce the damage which flooding can cause, and are more important than ever given the recent flooding. We have been working closely with local authorities to identify the most sustainable actions to manage flood risk, and this is targeted towards areas where it will be most effective based on improved knowledge of the sources and impacts of flooding."
More information on the strategy and it's local deployment can be found here on SEPA's website