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Dumfries and Galloway flood anniversary action outlined

Shops flooded
Image caption Many properties in the Whitesands area were flooded following heavy rains last year

Dumfries and Galloway Council has outlined the action taken since severe flooding hit the region a year ago.

The wettest November day on record caused major problems throughout south west Scotland in 2009.

Dozens of roads were closed, schools were shut and many businesses suffered damage to their premises.

The council said it had now contacted nearly 100 property owners over flood "resilience" measures while working on a "design solution" for the River Nith.

Many businesses in the Whitesands area of Dumfries were affected by the downpours which started on 19 November last year.

The Met Office said at the time that rainfall at its Eskdalemuir observatory in a 24-hour period had exceeded the previous highest total, set in 1931.

The problems in Dumfries prompted calls for action to be taken to address chronic flooding problems in the town.

DGC carried out a series of flood prevention meetings in light of the situation and has now contacted the owners of 98 properties to discuss measures to tackle the issue.

A spokesman said about half their number had installed some kind of device to try to improve "flood resilience".

The council added that a detailed study had also been carried out along the River Nith using laser technology.

It will allow the authority to run computer simulations of flood scenarios and look at what action could be taken to reduce their impact.

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