Moffat Community Flood Resilience Group

What was the issue that made you start up this project?

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 term problem.

Contact:Robert Opray, Group Chair, or Paul Hendy, Scottish Flood Forum

Tel: 01738 448 411

Email: paul@hendymail.co.uk