Edinburgh, Fife & East Scotland

Anti-flood scheme to save 1,000 Edinburgh homes

A £43m scheme to save more than 1,000 Edinburgh homes and businesses from the threat of flooding has been officially launched by Environment Minister Roseanna Cunningham.

Pupils from Colinton Primary School, one of the properties now protected, attended the launch.

They described the work undertaken to create the purpose-built defences.

Homes were flooded in April 2000 and October 2002 when the Braid Burn burst its banks.

Ms Cunningham said: "Edinburgh has suffered a long history of flooding from the Braid Burn.

"The most severe events occurring in April 2000 and October 2002 which resulted in flooding to a number of properties next to the burn and which caused substantial damages."

She said that taking climate into account, the scheme would reduce the annual risk of flooding to more than 1,000 homes and businesses to less than 1%.

Ms Cunningham added that the Scottish government included funding for the scheme in the general capital grant it gave to Edinburgh City Council.

"Completion of this project will free up the council's flood response team previously on stand-by to deal with potential flooding in this area," she said.

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