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Comrie flood protection scheme

Background

Comrie has experienced a history of flooding from the Water of Ruchill, the River Earn and the River Lednock. The most recent significant flood events occurred in January 1993, February 1997, December 2006 and in August and November 2012.

In 2013, the Council completed the following flood protection works to reduce the risk of flooding to the Dalginross area from the Water of Ruchill:-

  • Rock armour protection to the river bank on the Water of Ruchill at Ruchilside;
  • The removal of the old flood embankments at Tomnagaske;
  • A new flood embankment at Camp Road.

The standard of protection provided by these new works against flooding from the Water of Ruchill is equivalent to the predicted 1 in 100 year return period flood, with an allowance for climate change. This corresponds to the flood event that has a 1% chance of being exceeded in any one year.

However, these flood protection works do not address the remaining flood risk from the River Earn or the River Lednock, or the combined risk from all three rivers. It is estimated that approximately 290 residential properties and businesses are still at risk of flooding in Comrie.

The Flood Risk Management (Scotland) Act

Comrie is located in the River Earn catchment within Potentially Vulnerable Area 08/14.

Actions to manage the risk of flooding in the area have been included in the Tay Flood Risk Management Strategy and icon Local Flood Risk Management Plan [12Mb]. These actions include a wider flood protection scheme but, due to the cost and extensive work involved, this is likely to be some time away. Other actions have therefore also been included to support the community in the meantime. Details of all of these actions can be viewed in the above Plan and in the icon public exhibition presentation [459Kb].

The flood protection scheme has been included within the national priority list of flood schemes. The Scottish Government and the Council have agreed in principle to fund the scheme.  The Scottish Government will contribute 80% of the overall capital cost and the Council will contribute the remaining 20%, assuming the Scheme remains economically viable.

Current position

The Council's preferred flood scheme involves the construction of flood walls and embankments.

The recent information regarding progress on the Scheme can be viewed on our outline design page.

The Council is seeking the necessary statutory approval for the finalised scheme under the Flood Risk Management (Scotland) Act 2009.  This legislation requires the Council to give notice of the proposed scheme and this took place on 28 February 2020.  Details of the final proposed scheme can now be viewed on our scheme documents page.  

We will continue to consult with the community at the appropriate times throughout the development of the flood scheme and will keep you updated as the proposals are developed. The latest community newsletters can be viewed below:

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Contact details

If you have any queries relating to the Comrie Flood Protection Scheme please contact Craig McQueen, Engineer (Flooding) on 01738 477219 or at ComrieFloodScheme@pkc.gov.uk.  Correspondence can also be sent to Pullar House, 35 Kinnoull Street, Perth, PH1 5GD.