Aberdeen residents handed cash for flood defences

Flood waters breached people’s homes in the Millside area.

Residents in a flood- hit area of Aberdeen have been given cash to spend on flood prevention measures.

Aberdeen City Council has handed out £1,500 to households in Millside, Peterculter.

People are encouraged to spend the money on items to help keep their home dry if water levels were to rise.

Heavy rain in January 2016 caused the Culter Burn to burst, which caused severe flooding and damage to homes.

Dozens of residents were evacuated as the waters began to rise.

Many took shelter at the Culter Village Hall after water started to enter properties.

Councillor Marie Boulton, who represents the area, said: “Households in Millside have been given £1,500 to equip themselves against flooding if it were ever to occur again.

“It is a drop in the ocean as we need much more to prevent another such incident, however, it should help the residents.

“The bigger picture is the creation of a flood prevention scheme across the whole region which will lift residents of Millside out of flooding, however that will be a long way away.

“The one in Elgin took around 15 years to install therefore I can’t see anything happening quickly, which is understandable as the Government as well as SEPA have to carry out the relevant tests.”

Cllr Tauqeer Malik, who also represents the area, said he hopes the money will help – but more needs to be done.

He said: “The £1,500 grant will go a long way to helping the residents in Millside but we need a bigger solution.

“We are still trying to get them more money as we don’t want to see more flooding in the area.

“The priority is to eventually get them out of the flooding zone, however, there isn’t going to be a quick solution to this.

“I was down with Cllr Boulton on the night of the floods till around 2am and it was really tough to see what was happening to the residents.”