On Friday, I attended a tour of sites within the White Cart Flood Prevention Scheme. It was very informative and highlighted the huge benefits of investment to manage the river catchment of the Auldhouse Burn and White Cart River. I visited one of the three flood storage areas upstream of Glasgow, which temporarily holds back the flood water arising from extreme rainfall. The storage facilities are able to control the release of water passing downstream through Glasgow.
View of a storage area on the outskirts of Glasgow.
There is still a possibility of flooding within Glasgow, and there are flood defences created by low walls and embankments along the banks of the White Cart River. I was shown the flood defences within Spean Street, Langside.
View of walls along the river at Spean Street.
The current scheme has been operational since September 2011. A further phase of flood defences is planned within the southside of Glasgow in 2017.
Support for flood risk communities - http://www.scottishfloodforum.org/