£2m flood protection bring residents relief

A £2MILLION scheme to stop the misery of flooding has been completed in Glasgow.

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A £2m water improvement scheme has been completed

Major improvements by Scottish Water to the city's waste-water network have been carried out to minimise the risk of more floods in the West End.

Dozens of families have been left angry and heartbroken and have had to mop up in recent years as a result of storms and severe rain.

The utility giant admits more than 60 householders living in and around Shafton Road have been blighted by flood water either internally or externally.

As a result officials ordered improvements costing £1.9m by installing a combined sewer overflow to their waste water network in Summerston.

The work took six months to complete and water chiefs are confident the introduction of an overflow will prevent water levels in the sewage system from reaching flood levels especially during prolonged rain storms.

The area has suffered in the past when a sewer flooded the network at Strathblane Gardens and Anniesland Business Park. It has led to flood water flowing into Shafton Road.

But Mark Maclaren from the utility company, said: "Scottish Water is committed to doing everything we can to help communities and customers by playing our part in tackling flooding and dealing with the impact of heavy rainfall.

"Some properties in the Shafton Road area have suffered from recurring flooding over a number of years and we fully appreciate the inconvenience this can cause.

"We know that affected customers will welcome completion of our investment in these improvements to our network."

Scottish Water used computer modelling as part of detailed invesigations into the problem of flooding in the area which helped pinpoint issues with the sewer network. It was simply not big enough to cope with excess rain water.

The improvements were part of an ongoing £250m programme of works which were introduced last year to enhance water quality and the natural environment of the River Clyde.

Officials say the programme will take five years but once completed will enable greater commercial and residential growth in the Greater Glasgow area.

They also claim the major investment will tackle sewer flooding as well as the effects of climate change and more rain while boosting the regeneration of the East End which is hosting some of the world's top athletes.

gordon.thomson@eveningtimes.co.uk

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