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Volunteers sought for Stonehaven Community Flood Warden Scheme

11th May 2011

Volunteers are being sought for a new initiative in Stonehaven that will use the knowledge of local people to help residents prepare for flooding at the earliest opportunity. Stonehaven Square

The Stonehaven Community Flood Warden Scheme has been developed by the Stonehaven Flood Resilience Group – a multi-agency partnership co-ordinated by Aberdeenshire Council.

The scheme focuses on flood risks associated with the River Carron in Stonehaven and would involve the wardens sharing information with the council, and alerting neighbours to impending floods as required.

The role of the wardens would complement established procedures for flood monitoring. 

Following the receipt of flood alert information from the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA), Aberdeenshire Council liaises with the agency and the Met Office to assess the risk of local flooding.

Information from the wardens would feed into this assessment and, should a flood be expected, their role in alerting residents and businesses could be invaluable in helping people prepare as best they can.

Speaking on behalf of the flood group, chairman and Kincardine and Mearns Area Manager Willie Munro said: “Community flood wardens can play a crucial role in helping to prepare a community for the risk of flooding, and their local knowledge can assist in minimising the impact of flooding if it should occur.

“We would stress that the wardens would not be involved in dealing with any flood activity themselves, but their help could provide vital preparation time for those whose properties could be affected.”

Under the scheme, volunteer wardens are being sought across nine zones across Stonehaven, including businesses.

Each zone would require at least two wardens who would be willing to act as local contacts via e-mail and telephone.

The proposed zones are as follows:

  Zones Areas covered
0 Businesses All businesses in the area
1 Carron Terrace Carron Terrace, Arduthie Street (south)
2 Cameron Street Cameron Street, Ann Street (south)
3 Market Square
Market Square, Barclay Street (south), Allardice Street
4 Barclay Street Barclay Street (north of Margaret Street)
5 Arbuthnott Street Arbuthnott Street, Bridgefield West, Bridgefield Terrace
6 Dunnottar Avenue Dunnottar Avenue, Carron Gardens
7 Arbuthnott Place Arbuthnott Place, Bridgefield East, Arbuthnott Court, Cannon Court
8 Old Town High Street, Kings Street, Cooperage Court

The wardens would be expected to alert residents and businesses when a flood alert has been issued by The Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA). They would also maintain contact with the authorities in order to pass detailed information to residents as to the likelihood of an actual flood occurring

Duties would include observing river levels at times of heavy or prolonged rainfall, and report when river levels reach pre-determined levels, to be indicated on marker boards.

If required, the wardens would help raise the alarm among residents and businesses within their defined area.

More general duties would include helping to distribute flood resilience information, attendance at annual flood meetings and feeding back to the authorities on any flood risk concerns raised by local residents.

The wardens would not be expected to place themselves at risk or undertake any activity that places themselves or others in danger.

Nor would the wardens take any responsibility for protecting anyone’s property, moving anyone’s personal property, or distributing flood protection equipment. 

It is hoped the scheme will be formally launched by the end of August this year following a training session for the wardens.

Anybody living in, or close to, any of the proposed zones who is interested in becoming a flood warden should contact Aberdeenshire Council’s principal engineer for flooding and coast protection, Steve McFarland, on (01569) 768475, or by email at stephen.mcfarland@aberdeenshire.gov.uk


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