The Stonehaven Flood Action Group have announced plans to spend £2,000 on projects to help the town prepare for the possibility of another flood event.
The money will be used to provide flood wardens with equipment, and making extra sandbags available as an addition to the council’s sandbag distribution policy.
At its meeting on October 31, members agreed on how it wished to use the funds which have been generously donated since the group started in 2013.
As well as the “whole town” projects, the remainder of the funds will be used to assist property owners who have placed orders for flood protection equipment between Monday September 23 (when Paul Hendy of Scottish Flood Forum visited Stonehaven to conduct surveys on behalf of the Group) and Saturday November 30. A spokesperson for the group said: “Available funds will be divided between all valid claims on a percentage basis up to a maximum of £150 per property. To be valid the claimant will require to show evidence that the flood protection equipment has been ordered between these dates.”
Claims are therefore invited from any resident who placed an order for flood protection equipment between the start of Paul Hendy’s surveys (September 23) and Saturday November 30. Claims should be submitted by using the Contact page on the Stonehaven Flood Action website (www.stonehavenfloodaction.org) and selecting “Community Resilience” in the Category drop-down box. The committee will then meet to assess the claims and distribute funds.
Money is still being received, mainly through sales of the calendar, which features works donated by three well known Stonehaven artists, Andy Hall, Colin Brown and Francis Boag, and which can be purchased for a mere £5 at various outlets in the town, or through the Flood Action Group website.