Perth & Kinross Council is continuing to respond to the recent flooding incidents in Comrie, with work already underway on some of the mitigation measures for the Water of Ruchill agreed by Councillors on Thursday 22nd November 2012.
Perth & Kinross’s Roads Maintenance Partnership had already built temporary defences last week, including a temporary flood wall across Camp Road using large sandbags. The existing flood embankments have also been breached to divert flood water across the driveway of a private property, ‘Tomnagaske’, and back into the river. Work has now started on the permanent flood alleviation measures.
Some preparatory works were undertaken on Friday 23rd November, including the erection of a fence beside the east bank of the river to protect pedestrians, and safety measures carried out by Scottish & Southern Energy and Tayside Contracts. Contractors were also on site over the weekend to complete the clearing of vegetation from the Fey Burn and from the dry side of the small concrete flood mitigation wall.
On Monday 26th November, following agreement with local landowners, SEPA and Tay Salmon Fisheries, work began to excavate the gravel bar from the bend in the Water of Ruchill and to remove fallen trees from the river bed and banks.
Weather permitting, further preparations to form a new temporary access track into Tomnagaske will also be carried out from Wednesday 28th November, as will work to remove a substantial section of the 1960’s flood embankments. This will then allow work to progress further on the permanent flood defences at the end of Camp Road. The temporary floodwall will be left in place until the permanent proposals for Camp Road are implemented.
Depute Leader of the Administration, Councillor Alan Grant welcomed the progress of the flood mitigation measures: “We recognise the concerns that the community in Comrie have about the potential for any future flooding incidents. Therefore, we have moved as quickly as possible to start work on the flood alleviation measures approved last week and I am pleased that good progress is being made. The support of our partner organisations to help us take these works forward is also very much appreciated.”