Flooding is a problem which affects homes and lives in the city of Aberdeen and all over Scotland. Rainfall events are occurring on an increasingly regular basis with varying intensity and with over 600km of both open and culverted watercourse throughout Aberdeen City, flooding is always a possibility. Aberdeen City Council adopts a rigorous inspection and maintenance regime to minimise the risk of flooding due to blockages in the watercourses, however there can be many potential reasons as to the cause of flooding, not just as a result of a blocked watercourse. The following information and links will give advice on flooding and what to do in the event of a flood, before, during and in the aftermath.
Be flood aware
It is your responsibility to protect yourself, your family, property or business but help is available and many organisations work together to reduce the risk of flooding.
Being aware of your risk is the first step to preparing for flooding. Please read the information accompanying information and prepare for flooding carefully.
SEPA Flood Maps are designed to help you understand how you could be affected by flooding. The maps show you areas that are likely to flood from rivers, the sea and surface water.
Scottish Flood Forum is a Scottish based charitable organisation that provides support for and represents those who are affected by or at risk from flooding.
Guidance for developers
It is vital to ensure that any development proposed in Aberdeen can be adequately drained without creating an adverse impact on the existing watercourses and drainage systems.
You can download a guidance document on the preparation of drainage impact assessments below. This offers information and advice to developers and agents on the requirements for preparation and submission of a drainage impact assessment for new developments.