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Promise to act after flood damage

Flooding in Dundee/Pic: Colin McQuillen
The heavy rain brought chaos to parts of Dundee/Pic: Colin McQuillen

Work is being done to protect Dundee from future severe flooding, according to the city council and Scottish Water.

About 100 properties in the city centre were damaged when heavy rain hit the area on Thursday evening.

Trains to and from Aberdeen were also disrupted by flooding and a landslip. Commuters were put on buses instead.

However, there is a row over the best way to prevent future deluges - the council claims there has to be "greater commitment" from Scottish Water.

Firefighters started receiving reports of flooding at about 1730 BST on Thursday in the Commercial Street/Dock Street/Seagate area.

Crews had to deal with three to four feet of water which had entered shops and homes. Some of the water had poured in from the streets and some had come up through toilets.

Roads in the area were closed so they could carry out their work.

One senior firefighter described it as the worst flooding he had seen in the city in years and shopkeepers reported thousands of pounds worth of damage.

A spokesman for Dundee City Council said: "The existing old Victorian sewer system was totally unable to cope with the sheer volume of rainwater caused by this flash flood.

"Responsibility for the sewage system in Dundee lies with Scottish Water."

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He added that the council planned to install a new sewer system in the waterfront area as part of its redevelopment and that would help resolve the flooding problems in Dock Street.

"In order to achieve this, the council needs the cooperation of Scottish Water to design and implement a drainage system in the waterfront," he said.

"We have had dialogue with Scottish Water on this matter, but we need greater commitment from them if we are to grasp this opportunity to tackle the flooding problems in the centre of Dundee."

A Scottish Water spokesman said: "We believe that a significant part of the problem was the inability of the rainwater to get into the road drainage system rather than any backing-up of the sewerage network."

He added that sewerage upgrades carried out at pumping stations in 2001 were operating at peak capacity during the storm and that a stand-by pump had also been switched on.

"Staff worked through the night to tackle the problem but unfortunately the sheer scale of the storm caused localised flooding in low lying parts of central Dundee," he said.

"Scottish Water would like to apologise for any inconvenience caused and we will continue discussions with Dundee City Council over the potential alleviation of flooding in the area."


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