Coastal flood warning system for town call

Sir Robert smith at Stonehaven harbour.

Sir Robert smith at Stonehaven harbour.

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Sir Robert Smith and Stonehaven councillor Peter Bellarby have launched a petition, calling for a coastal flood warning system for the town.

The West Aberdeenshire MP and Cllr Bellarby hope to see a specific warning system in place for coastal flooding at Stonehaven, as well as just north and south of the town.

SEPA has recently provided a warning system for the Moray Firth which is tailored to the ir specific situation.

A similar system exists for the coast for much of Angus and further south. Currently, the only alert available for the Stonehaven coast is a general one.

The petition calls for the Scottish Government and SEPA to provide, as a matter of urgency, a warning system specifically for Stonehaven and the coast to its north and south.

Sir Robert said: “Flooding can cause great distress and can ruin livelihoods. We know that Stonehaven is at risk of flooding and action is needed to improve flood defences, but in the meantime it is crucial that SEPA and the Scottish Government provide an effective coastal warning system for residents.

‘‘I have written to SEPA and the Scottish Government about this issue and I hope that people will sign the petition to urge them to take action.”

Cllr Bellarby said: “I know from speaking to people in Stonehaven how devastating it can be to be affected by flooding.

‘‘We do need to fill the gap between the Moray Firth warning system and the one in Angus.

‘‘With a proper system, people will be able to take action and avoid the worst effects of any flooding that might occur.”

The petition can be found online at: http://www.robertsmithlibdem.org.uk/stonehaven_coastal_flood_warning

It reads: “I, the undersigned, call for a coastal flood warning system for Stonehaven and east Aberdeenshire.

‘‘We call on the Scottish Government and the Scottish Environmental Protection Agency (SEPA) to provide, as a matter of urgency, a specific warning system for coastal flooding at Stonehaven and the coast north and south of Stonehaven. Stonehaven has suffered serious flooding from the sea in recent times causing distress and worry to residents whose homes have been affected by the coastal flooding. SEPA has recently provided a warning system for the Moray Firth which is tailored to the specific situation in the Moray Firth. It was officially opened on the day before the latest coastal flooding in Stonehaven. A similar system exists for the coast for much of Angus and further south.

“Currently, the only alert available for the Stonehaven coast is a general one. This is inadequate. We need a specific warning so that residents can take action before any flooding takes place. We want to avoid the situation that has occurred in Stonehaven when old people were evacuated in the middle of the night without notice. Action is needed now.”