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Scottish councils could get flood relief cash

Ministers are to consider providing emergency funding for Scottish councils affected by flooding in the past week.

The country’s finance secretary John Swinney said the government would consider all formal applications through the discretionary Bellwin scheme.

The North East of Scotland was particularly badly hit over the past week as strong winds and torrential rain swept the country.

Swinney said: “We know, and I have seen for myself, just how devastating the effects of flooding can be for our communities.

“That is why I have today agreed to activate the Bellwin Scheme to provide support to affected councils to assist with immediate and unforeseen costs of dealing with the aftermath of the severe weather. 

“As the full impact on local communities continues to be assessed, we stand ready to provide urgent assistance. The Scottish government will consider applications from local authorities for emergency funding through the Bellwin Scheme.”

Environment minister Paul Wheelhouse said areas of Moray received more than 125mm of rain in 24 hours.

“I’d like to pay tribute to all those involved in supporting communities affected,” he said. “The councils, local fire and rescue services, other emergency services, utility companies and volunteers in local communities reacted very swiftly to minimise the impact of rising water levels.”

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