East Dunbartonshire Council’s quick response to flood in Bearsden

East Dunbartonshire Council responded quickly to the flood which was caused by a burst main in Bearsden on Monday and worked immediatley with emergency services, Scottish Water and ScottishPower.

As well as setting up a rest centre at Boclair Academy to provide victims of the flood with toilet facilities, water, electricity and refreshments they delivered sandbags and water pumps to fire crews, put road diversion signs along affected routes and sent environmental health officers to local food preparation businesses to advise them on the public health position if there is no running water in the premises.

Council Leader Rhondda Geekie, said: “This is a very serious incident which has affected thousands of people in East Dunbartonshire and Glasgow with some Bearsden residents living close to Maryhill Road dealing with the heartbreak of seeing their homes and gardens deluged with water.

“We are working closely with the emergency and utility services to do whatever we can to help alleviate the problems faced by residents. Setting up a rest centre was our first priority.

“The immediate priorities for others are for Scottish Water to drain the area of flood water and restore running water to homes and for ScottishPower to restore power to those people without electricity.

“Once that has been achieved, we will turn our attention to working with Scottish Water to get Maryhill Road repaired to get traffic moving normally. This is an important and well used route so we will be doing what we can to get back to normality as quickly as possible.”

MP Jo Swinson said: “Scottish Water assured me they worked as quickly as possible to restore normal water supply for those affected, and were planning further customer support had the problem not been resolved.

“Now the immediate issue with water supply is resolved, I will be asking Scottish Water what support they will offer to those affected - both with clean-up and potential compensation.

“With some homes having to be evacuated it is vital that Scottish Water support residents as much as possible during this distressing time.”