Community Council warns another Comrie flood could be "lethal"
Sep 6 2012
By Kety Gordon
Another flood in Comrie could be a “potentially lethal event”.
The stark warning was issued to Perth and Kinross Council’s executive director of environment, Jim Valentine, by Comrie Community Council in a three-page letter sent on Friday.
The document was created following an emergency public meeting in the village last Thursday night, where locals were given the chance to air their views on the flooding.
Among the many points raised were the limited resources of the local fire brigade, the lack of police officers in the village to coordinate rescue efforts and manage traffic, and how these can be better organised in future, and the lack of action over flood prevention schemes.
The letter stated: “It is clear that this time around the flooding had a catastrophic effect on at least 30 houses, countless garden/outbuildings and many vehicles.
“It has caused deep and widespread consternation in our community and for those who experienced the forceful and deep ‘river’ that ran clear through the middle of this village, coming as it did with the speed of a tsunami, it is remarkable that there were no major injuries or loss of life.”
It added that if “another major event occurs within the coming weeks we all anticipate that it can only be a more damaging and potentially lethal event”.
The letter continued: “We look to you to give us some straight answers and commitment to action as we can no longer tolerate what appears to be prevarication and blame shifting between various agencies at the expense of what we consider to be reasonable flood defenses for our community.”
PKC is expected at the next meeting of the community council on Thursday, September 13, in the White Church.
Tay Avenue resident Claire Humphreys also contacted the Herald this week. She said: “The water was up to the tops of the tyres on my 4x4 and there have been at least three cars on the street written off.
“There were no efforts to help residents, aside from those in the street helping each other.”
Claire added that while she was not pointing the finger at “anyone in particular” she felt that a lack of education contributed to the problem.
“We need people to be aware, even if it comes down to setting up a steering group to find a way to prevent this in future.”
The mum-of-two added that as Tay Avenue was left as emergency services attended other streets in the area, she was forced to leave her children at home to help elderly neighbours.
Some residents have been left homeless as a result of the flooding and anyone who has accommodation that can be used, or anyone in need of a place to stay can contact community councillor Sandra McRitchie on 07984 388300 or email sandramcritchie123@btinte