Flood wardens needed

Volunteers are still needed for the Stonehaven Community Flood Warden scheme.

Wardens are still needed for some of the zones of the scheme which has been developed by the Stonehaven Flood Resilience Group – a multi-agency partnership co-ordinated by Aberdeenshire Council.

At a recent meeting held at the Invercarron Centre, the volunteer flood wardens discussed how the scheme for Stonehaven would work and what information could be provided to them in the run up to flood events including an innovative IT initiative for sharing information during emergencies.

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.

The council are still looking for volunteers to cover zone 0 (businesses), zone 3 (market square), zone 4 (Barclay Street), zone 6 (Dunnottar Avenue) and zone 8 (old town).

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