Flooding advice and support
If you have any concerns about flooding, contact us on 0800 24 20 24 at any time or any roads office during office hours.
Flooding scouts are sent out when rainfall exceeds 5mm in one hour or 25mm in any 24 hour period. They monitor known flood risk areas, clearing anything that might block culverts.
Who is responsible for what?
- road repairs - we repair any road we have responsibility for that has been damaged by floods, landslips or mining subsidence
- flood warnings - the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) issues these and works with police and councils to identify flood risks
- drainage and sewage - Scottish Water is responsible for managing the drainage of surface water. It's also responsible for sewage systems and reducing the effects of flooding on sewers
- flood protection - landowners are responsible for this and insurance of their land and property
- flood prevention - as a planning authority we have taken steps to reduce or prevent the risk of flooding of non-agricultural land. We also promote flood prevention schemes, assess and maintain watercourses. See the Flooding biennial report, November 2009 for more details.
What happens after severe flooding?
If there is severe flooding we work with the police and fire and rescue services. Afterwards we will co-ordinate reception centres for people evacuated from their homes and arrange temporary accommodation if needed.
In Scotland, a number of other agencies are involved in flood prevention and dealing with floods when they happen. The Scottish Government sets policies at national level.
There is also the Scottish Flood Forum. This community-based organisation supports and represents those affected by or at risk of flooding.
For more information contact Enterprise Resources.