£500k for Dumfries and Galloway Flooding

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Dumfries and Galloway will receive £500,000 funding to carry out repairs following severe flooding in January 2014, John Swinney announced today.
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> The Scottish Government will provide a contribution of additional capital grant funding to make repairs to the river bank, the sea walls and coastal paths damaged as a direct result of the recent flooding.
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> Finance Secretary John Swinney said:
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> “I am pleased to confirm that the Scottish Government will provide a contribution of £500,000 to Dumfries and Galloway Council to deal with the aftermath of recent flooding in the local area.
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> “This grant will allow the Council to carry out repairs to river banks, sea walls and coastal paths damaged as a result of severe weather, which if not addressed in the short term may well lead to further damage and further costs in the not too distant future.
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> “Under the circumstances I am prepared to make available as a one-off exceptional offer a further £500,000 of capital grant to allow the council to carry out the necessary repairs.
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> “I fully understand the extreme situation that the local area has faced since the turn of the year and this grant will allow the council to carry out the required work.”
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> Notes to Editors
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> In January 2014 severe weather hit the Dumfries and Galloway region resulting in severe flood damage to inland and coastal infrastructure. Funding is required for necessary repairs to sea walls and coastal paths damaged as a direct result of the severe flooding such as:
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> • A716 Kilstay Bay;
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> • A747 Port William;
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> • U116w Cailiness Road, Drummore;
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> • A747 Craignarget;
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> • U47s Lake Road, Kirkcudbright;
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> • Coastal core paths.
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> Flooding at various locations including:
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> • Dumfries
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> • Moniaive
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> • Moffat
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> • Carsphairn
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> • Newton Stewart
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> • Port Logan
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> This funding will be paid to the Council within the next few days
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