Weather damage repair costs in the region hit six-figure sum

Publication Date21 January 2022
Publication titleDumfries & Galloway Standard
The severe flooding at the end of November, followed by the high winds of November's Storm Arwen and Storm Barra in December, caused extensive damage throughout the region

Business owners were left counting the cost of the damage and both the Diamond Jubilee and Cuthbertson Memorial bridges were washed away on the River Annan as water levels hit a record high in October.

While the replacement of the bridges is still to be organised, council finance chiefs have calculated the cost of the response and initial remedial works elsewhere.

A report produced for next week's finance committee states:"These additional costs, which have mainly been incurred by the roads and infrastructure service, plus some relatively low-level repairs required to council properties, total approximately £150,000 to date.

"While the Bellwin scheme has been opened by the Scottish Government to help councils who have been significantly impacted as a result of these storms, it is not anticipated that Dumfries and Galloway will incur costs in excess of the 2021/22 threshold of £682,670 to be...

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