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Highland Council setting up action plan team to respond to Dingwall flooding concerns

By Staff Reporter

Sandbags in Burn Place, Dingwall following some of this summer's flooding.
Sandbags in Burn Place, Dingwall following some of this summer's flooding.

AN action team is being set up to respond to Dingwall residents' flooding concerns, Highland Council has announced.

Chief Executive Donna Manson has initiated an action plan to respond to local residents following this summer's flooding.

The move comes after the council held a drop-in event and meeting with the local community on August 6, where around 60 people were in attendance. Council staff, emergency service members and environmental bodies were on hand to answer questions.

A note was made of questions and the questions and answers will be collated and published on the council’s website by the end of August.

Donna Manson said: “I would like to thank all those residents who came along to the drop in event at the start of the month. The information people are able to provide locally is extremely helpful to the flood team and I am grateful to everyone for their input.

“I would also like to again commend our staff who worked extremely hard on the night of the flood in July and who gave up their holiday time this week to once again assist with flooding issues and to come along to help with the drop-in session.”

A further event will be held on Monday, September 16 to update residents on a number of concerns they highlighted. This will cover local infrastructure, planning, flood protectio, insurance, the process for applying for a flood scheme and further information on other matters.

Meanwhile, a Recovery Project Team is being set up and this will take forward a number of actions in relation to service provision and flood scheme planning.

If anyone wishes to send information or photographs which they think could assist the flood team planning they can send these to FRM@highland.gov.uk

Budget Leader Cllr Alister Mackinnon added: “We understand how frustrating and upsetting it has been for many people to have their homes flooded during this period of intense rainfall.

"Whilst we can’t stop the rain, we are committed to doing everything we possibly can to reduce the impacts of any further severe weather event.”

The flooding was also discussed by councillors last week during a meeting of the Ross and Cromarty Committee. Councillors praised the quick response and efforts by council and partner agency staff. Updates on responses to questions raised and further information will be presented to a future committee.

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