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Flooding

The Scottish Environment Protection Agency is responsible for running Scotland's flood warning system and through its Floodline service issues alerts for areas at risk from river and/or coastal flooding as weather conditions dictate.  Comprehensive information is available on SEPA's website, including current flood alerts, how to prepare for and deal with a flood and answers to many frequently asked questions relating to flooding.  Property owners can also register to have flood warnings sent directly to their phone.  For additional flooding advice Property owners and community groups can also contact the Scottish Flood Forum on 01698 839021.

Flooding may also occur when drainage systems are overwhelmed during extreme rainfall events.

Scottish Water is responsible for dealing with the immediate impact of flooding from sewers.  Contact 0800 0778 778  www.scottishwater.co.uk

Dundee City Council is responsible for surface water drainage systems associated with the adopted road and footway networks, and for carrying out clearance and repair works to a relevant body of water where they would substantially reduce the risk of flooding.

Whilst owners have the primary responsibility for protecting their property from flooding, Dundee City Council provides the following assistance during flood events:-

  • provide advice on flooding related issues
  • offer sandbags for flood prevention in case of an emergency and subject to prioritisation
  • work with emergency services in response to severe flooding
  • co-ordinate shelter for people evacuated from house
  • provide inspection and assessment following a flood event

Further information can be found in the Dundee City Council Flooding Advisory Note.

For further information on Flooding please contact the City Development Department on 01382 434000, or 01382 434343 for Flooding Emergencies outwith office hours.

The Flood Risk Management (Scotland) Act 2009 requires the relevant responsible authorities to work together to produce a co-ordinated flood risk management plan to reduce the overall risk of flooding from whatever source. Consequently, Dundee City Council has worked in partnership with Scottish Ministers, SEPA, Scottish Water, Angus Council, Perth and Kinross Council, Aberdeenshire Council and Fife Council to produce a Local Flood Risk Management Plan covering the Tay Estuary and Montrose Basin. The main aim of the Plan is to determine a pre-emptive, rather than reactive, approach to flooding. As lead local authority for the partnership, Angus Council were responsible for publishing the agreed Plan.  The Local Flood Risk Management Plan can be accessed here.

A flood protection scheme is currently proposed for the shoreline at Broughty Ferry - further details are available here