Flood trailer arrives two years after Cree broke free

Brian Templeton, team leader flood risk management team, with the new flood pod
Brian Templeton, team leader flood risk management team, with the new flood pod

Newton Stewart has taken ownership of a new trailer – two years after the River Cree burst its banks and threatened the town’s main street.

The trailer will be based at Barnkirk council depot to help tackle flooding in the town – and further afield.

The trailer, filled with absorbent sandbags and expandable floodgates, is designed to be moved anywhere it’s needed within Dumfries and Galloway.

Dumfries and Galloway Council is also operating a subsidised flood products scheme whereby anyone using products from the flood trailer will be offered a free flood survey and the opportunity to take advantage of grant funding towards the purchase of their own equipment.

Councillor Colin Smyth, chair of the authority’s economy, environment and infrastructure committee said: “Newton Stewart has been subjected to severe flooding in the past so it’s a good idea for the trailer to be based in the town.

“However, the trailer’s portability means that the council can also respond quickly to flooding events across the region.

“The council will continue to protect communities from flooding but people are ultimately responsible for their own property so I would urge anyone with property in a flood area to sign-up to SEPA’s Floodline Service and apply to the council’s subsidised flood pcroducts scheme.”

For more on the flooding help available, see www.dumgal.gov.uk/flooding/plp .