17 November 2009

Stevenson Welcomes Funding for Flood Warning Research

Banff & Buchan MSP Stewart Stevenson has welcomed the announcement that the Scottish Government is to provide Aberdeen’s Macaulay Land Use Research Institute with £60,000 towards its UR-flood project. The UR-flood project aims to improve planning for floods within Government, environmental organisations and individual households so that people are better prepared when they occur.

Commenting, Mr Stevenson said:

“The North East has been hit hard by flooding recently so I welcome anything that will help improve planning for such events in the future. The research will rightly look at how prepared individual households are for floods, as well as environmental organisations and Governments, and I think this is an important approach to take.

“Identifying ways that individuals and communities can better respond to flood warnings is vital if the kind of devastation we recently saw is to be limited in the future.

“Given the amount of flooding we have seen recently in the North East, the fact that Aberdeen’s Macaulay Institute is taking part in the research and is likely to use Aberdeenshire as one of its case studies is good news.“I hope that this research will help residents of the North East be better prepared and protected when flooding occurs and welcome the Scottish Government’s investment.”

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