Richard Lochhead

Moray SNP News



Richard Lochhead MSP for Moray has met with local people affected by flash flooding in Aberlour which occurred on the evening of Wednesday 10th May.

Following a sustained period of heavy rain, a torrent of water ran downhill through properties in Chapel Terrace and Linn Brae. The water brought a thick muddy residue which was deposited in gardens and homes and was carried through the village and into the Visitor Centre, Tea Room and public toilets at the bottom of the hill, causing considerable mess and damage. Many members of the local community joined forces to divert the water and thankfully managed to stop it entering more homes.

Commenting Mr Lochhead said:

“I was shocked and sorry to hear about and see the damage caused to private property and local facilities. It is a sobering reminder of the power of nature and extremely upsetting for the residents of Aberlour. Given the impact of climate change, many are understandably worried that this kind of freak event will happen more often.

“Many of the residents affected by the flood believe that much of the damage could have been avoided if drains on the hill had been properly cleaned out and maintained. They told me that following a similar event two years ago they asked Moray Council to upgrade the flood alleviation scheme and attend to ditches and drainage in the village. Unfortunately, it seems this never happened.

“I will therefore be contacting Moray Council to enquire about the maintenance of the drainage system in the town and request that it is done on a more regular basis.”