£1.7M for flooding support

The flooded golf course in Girvan
The flooded golf course in Girvan

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon visited Dumfries and Galloway this week to announce a flooding support package for the area.

Ms Sturgeon confirmed on a visit to Newton Stewart on Monday morning that Dumfries and Galloway will be handed £1.7million in flooding support from the Scottish Government in the period 2016/17.

The announcement came as the First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, returned to the region seven months after her visit in the aftermath of flooding over the New Year.

She said: “Earlier this year I saw first-hand the devastating effects of mother nature as storms battered our communities.

“Last December is on record as the wettest and saw levels at rivers across Scotland overflow.

“What struck me was the resilience of this small community as they supported each other.

“Seven months on and the community has rallied round and businesses are getting back on their feet and returning to normal. However, the implications of the storm will be felt for a while yet and we need to work together to minimise any potential future disruption.

“This agreement will give local authorities the certainty they need to deliver the actions set out in their Local Flood Risk Management Plans to help protect individuals, business and communities from the danger of flooding.”