Meadows group seeks flood solution

The Meadows and Meiklemill were affected when the River Ythan burst its banks.
The Meadows and Meiklemill were affected when the River Ythan burst its banks.

For most Ellon residents the floods of earlier in the year have become a distant memory, which is not the case for people in the Meadows who are still living with the impact of the River Ythan bursting its banks.

There is, however, no question of the residents sitting back and looking for sympathy, according to Andy Lane, chairman of the Meadows Flood Action Group, which was formed shortly after flooding affected 14 homes in January.

The target nearly two months on is to ensure that all steps are taken to prevent a repeat

Andy Lane Meadows Flood Action Group

Mr Lane, who heads up the committee, said: “Our first reaction in the community was to rally round and ensure that everyone was safe before embarking on the great mop up, which is still going on.

“The target nearly two months on is to ensure that all steps are taken to prevent a repeat.

“To this end our local action group has met a number of times to liaise with the relevant organisations. It has proved to be a great exercise in community involvement.”

Aberdeenshire Council, the environment agency SEPA, and the local farmers’ union are among the organisations who have been contacted to prevent a repeat.

Mr Lane added that all had been extremely helpful.

The action group has met four times since its formation, resulting in letters being written in support of its objective of ensuring prevention is taken seriously by every agency who could influence the slowing down of the River Ythan before it reaches the Meadows.

Mr Lane said: “It’s what happens further up the river that is of concern to us. I’d like to think there are others who are taking action on behalf of their respective communities.

“We would be happy to hear from any group who are in the business of preventing a repeat of the horrors of January.

“This has become a mission for our little, but highly motivated group. Pulling together resources could only help the collective case.”