What was the issue that made you start up this
The risk of flooding from the River Annan, blocked drains, and
run off from Gallow Hill that the community faces.
Who was involved and what did they do?
Local residents were affected by flooding and concerned enough
to form a local Community Flood Resilience Group with the support
of the Scottish Flood Forum. Residents "adopted" a drain. This
involves taking a pro-active role, checking and monitoring, and
notifying the council if a drain needs to be unblocked. They also
mapped ownership of the local riverbank, and spot decaying or
at-risk trees and report them to the owner. A comprehensive
drainage map of Moffat was also produced to help them understand
why flooding issues occur in the area. Two meteorologists living in
the community are able to interpret the SEPA flood warnings in the
light of their knowledge of the local environment and advise the
community on likely local impacts.
What worked well about the project?
The way the community came together, pooled resources and
expertise and engaged with the Local Council (D&G)
What did you learn during this project?
The group learned team work, and took on a number of new tasks.
The group gained a much better understanding of the way of flooding
issues in their community.
What made it work?
Strong leadership from the group's chair. teamwork, commitment
to the community and desire to resolve what was effectively a long
Contact:Robert Opray, Group Chair, or Paul Hendy, Scottish
Tel: 01738 448 411