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Flooding can have a devastating effect on people, property, businesses, infrastructure and land but it is a natural process that cannot be prevented entirely. A wide range of actions can be taken however to reduce the likelihood and impacts of flooding. In Scotland a number of authorities are working together to manage the risk of flooding and to provide flood warning, flood alleviation, emergency assistance and advice.
Individual property owners too have a crucial role to play in local flood risk management. It’s long established under Common Law that a property owner should take responsibility for the safety and security of their own property. This includes taking steps to reduce the risk of flooding provided these actions do not exacerbate flood risk elsewhere.
On these pages you can find guidance on the roles and responsibilities of the different organisations involved in flood risk management in Scotland, advice on protecting your property or land, information on flood warning, information on flood alleviation schemes currently being developed by the Council as well as an explanation of the legislative framework that we operate under.