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Wednesday, 11 October, 2000, 07:32 GMT 08:32 UK
Cash pours in for flood prevention
Flooding in Yorkshire this summer
Hundreds of people have been evacuated during floods
Scotland's Finance Minister Jack McConnell is scheduled to announce further support for flood prevention measures.

He will target the cash in the Perthshire area which has suffered some of the worst flooding the country has seen.

Mr McConnell says he recognises the problem is not just confined to one area and he hopes to make more money available for other areas in due course.

The announcement will be made public on Wednesday and comes as the flood clear-up operation in many parts of the UK continues.

Dumfries and Galloway was particularly hit during the downpour seen over the last few days.

On Tuesday evening the floods caused a train derailment on the Stranraer line and led to the rescue of about 30 passengers.

25m scheme

Mr McConnell will tour the flood defences being built in Bridge of Earn and will announce borrowing consent for the remainder of the massive project.

It is part of a 25m scheme to build walls and embankments to prevent another major flood like the one which devastated the North Muirtoun area of Perth in the winter of 1993.

The Labour minister says he is "conscious of the warnings" from climate experts that more heavy rain and flooding can be expected across low-lying Scotland in the years ahead.

He added that in light of that fact he is making allowances in his Budget for flood defences.

But the Green MSP Robin Harper says that in a week which has seen yet more flooding, the Scottish Executive and the UK Government should also be explaining that its policy on fuel taxes is aimed at preventing drastic climate change.

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