Initiative urges residents to act now to prevent flood damage

A new initiative was launched today (Friday 30 November) to help Edinburgh residents protect their homes from flood damage.

The City of Edinburgh Council and Lothian and Borders Fire and Rescue Service have joined forces to encourage people to be prepared for floods. Rather than waiting for heavy rainfall, residents who are concerned about potential flooding are being offered free sandbags now, to help protect their properties.

Sandbags are now available to collect from specially built storage sheds at the following locations:

Tollcross Fire Station - 6 West Tollcross EH3 9QN

Crewe Toll Fire Station - 223 Telford Road EH4 2PW

Sighthill Fire Station - Calder Road EH11 4AT

Liberton Fire Station - 19 Kirk Brae EH16 6TS

Newcraighall Fire Station - 90 Newcraighall Road EH21 8QS

Marionville Fire Station - 51 Marionville Drive EH7 6BH

South Queensferry Fire Station - Ferryburn, Rosebery Avenue EH30 9QS

Powderhall Depot - 165 Broughton Road EH7 4LG

Environment Convener, Councillor Lesley Hinds, said: "It is understandable that, after the floods we have already seen this year, people in Edinburgh are concerned about what will happen if their homes are affected.  Our advice is to be prepared and not wait for heavy rain as is often more difficult for us to reach people during or immediately before a flood.

"The fact that residents can now collect sandbags at their convenience will make it easier for them to feel confident that their homes are protected. I would also encourage people who are worried about flooding to have a look at the Council website for advice on how to protect their properties effectively."

In recent years a number of Edinburgh and South Queensferry neighbourhoods have been affected by extremely heavy rainfall, which led to the severe damage of some local homes.

John Dickie, Local Senior Officer for Edinburgh, Lothian and Borders Fire and Rescue Service, said: "Every year people are affected by flooding and it can cause significant disruption and damage for householders. One of the best things you can do is think about your risks before adverse weather strikes and take what steps you can to be prepared.

"We are delighted to be able to host self-service sandbag storage sites at our fire stations in Edinburgh. The public can help themselves to sandbags if they anticipate the need to protect their homes from flooding.

"You should also consider signing up for Floodline Scotland which will keep you informed about flood alerts. Preparing a plan for what to do if flooding strikes will also mean you are better able to react quickly in an emergency. Pack an emergency flood kit and make sure your home insurance is up to date."

Residents who are unable to collect sandbags in person can contact the Council for assistance, by calling: 0131 200 2000

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