Plea to examine drainage in Musselburgh after Saturday’s flooding

A COUNCILLOR has referred to as for the street drainage system to be checked after Musselburgh was hit by flooding on Saturday night.

Musselburgh ward councillor Katie Mackie described the scenes of flooded streets within the Sincere Toun after a heavy downpour as “stunning”.

She is now calling for funding to be focused at bettering native drainage techniques and gullies if an issue is recognized.

She informed the Courier: “Fortuitously it seems on this event no important injury was achieved and East Lothian Council was available to take away flood water. However, with a purpose to keep away from a repeat of Saturday evening’s flooding, we have to be sure that the street drainage system is checked and funding is focused the place the necessity is biggest.”

Torrential downpours in a brief house of time precipitated the flooding as a consequence of extra floor water.

Issues on the Wallyford roundabout, Millhill, Stoneybank Terrace, New Road, Eskside East and Windsor Gardens have been reported to East Lothian Council’s contact centre.

The council’s emergency response crew attended call-outs.

A council spokeswoman stated: “Our contact centre acquired a variety of calls from 7pm till 10.30pm relating to floor water flooding on Saturday.”

She careworn that the River Esk didn’t burst its banks, including: “Very heavy rainfall in a brief time frame led to extra floor water, which took time to dissipate.

“Gully motors have been utilized in places the place experiences had been acquired at our contact centre.

“We remained in common contact with SEPA and the Met Workplace over the weekend to watch anticipated rainfall and its influence on water ranges, and subsequently the general public.

“We work with companions to arrange for, monitor and reply to flood incidents and have additionally been working carefully with communities throughout East Lothian to construct resilience within the occasion of flooding or different adversarial situations. These plans served us properly as soon as once more.”

Ward councillor Andy Forrest stated: “The flooding in Musselburgh was brought on by distinctive rainfall.

“Drainage techniques in place by each Scottish Water and East Lothian Council couldn’t deal with such a sudden and intense downpour, which was roughly what occurred round the remainder of Scotland.

“Our employees responded to experiences of flooding and street companies had two gully automobiles out to clear any blocked gullies however the water in Musselburgh cleared in a short time after the torrential rain stopped.”

In the meantime, a most well-liked multi-million-pound flood prevention scheme to safeguard Musselburgh towards excessive climate will probably be unveiled in November.

A briefing earlier this month for councillors and council officers at The Brunton heard that the plan could be offered to a gathering of East Lothian Council’s cupboard.

Greater than 250 folks additionally visited a two-day public exhibition on the scheme – 85 individuals who gave suggestions have been in favour of a flood safety scheme and 5 towards.

This adopted a public exhibition in February, taking the entire variety of folks consulted this yr to 500.

Modelling used checked out not solely the principle flood dangers from the Esk and the Firth of Forth but additionally eventualities the place a river flood occasion coincided with a excessive sea stage.

Consultants are actually pushing ahead to give you a most well-liked scheme which might exceed the preliminary £eight.9 million costing from 2016, with a monetary cut up of 80 per cent from the Scottish Authorities and 20 per cent from the council.

Possible choices embody direct defences comparable to partitions and embankments, taking out weirs and bridges, modifying and elevating them, or placing new ones again, and utilizing pumping stations to take water out to sea.

Eradicating the centuries-old mill lade, which runs from Eskmills by means of the city, or finishing up work to cut back its flood danger, putting in flood gates and dredging, are different choices being checked out.