New strategy to tackle flood zones

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EIGHT sites across Levenmouth have been identified as potential flooding zones.

Fife Council has recently carried out a full review into its response to severe flooding, with various services called upon, including the fire service, to offer their input.

Some of the improvements, which have since been implemented, include appointing a rota of key staff to perform the role of flooding manager 24 hours a day, seven days a week, throughout the year and arrangements to share resources and employees with other council teams, such as environmental services, to help respond to flooding events.

Other measures include a 25 per cent increase in the stock of sandbags, pumps and other emergency response material.

A register of 93 sites across Fife has also been compiled, which includes the eight in Levenmouth, all of which will now receive pre-flood checks when flooding is forecast or imminent.

Councillor David Alexander, chair of Levenmouth area committee, said: “This is an excellent step forward and will give some peace of mind to those who have been affected by flooding in the past.

“It also supports Fife Council’s priority of improving community safety.”

A public leaflet has been produced which explains what actions to take in advance of a flood and what response services are available to help after the event.

An initiative by the Scottish Borders Council, where sandbags are stored at some fire stations for public use, is still being investigated by the local authority.

Fife Council’s team leader for roads services in Mid Fife, Steve Knowles, said: “With these measures in place, we are now better placed than ever before to deal with large flooding events.”