Praising the efforts of the emergency services and other volunteers in the wake of the recent flooding across his constituency, Galloway and West Dumfries MSP Alex Fergusson said:-

“I am truly impressed at the efforts made by our emergency services during the recent appalling weather that has caused so much damage to businesses and households across the Region. Many of the individuals involved are part time, and would have been expecting to have been enjoying a peaceful holiday at home, yet their selfless devotion to duty and the wellbeing of others shone through superbly. In similar fashion, affected communities have shown the strength of community spirit that is so prominent in our area, and watching neighbours helping each other out in the most adverse of conditions can only be described as humbling in the extreme”.

“My role as the constituency MSP is now to ensure that, unlike previous years, meaningful action to prevent flooding is now taken rather than just talked about, and there are examples all over the country of how that can be most effectively and economically achieved. For instance, the ‘Dumfries Bund’ is not the answer – it would simply shift the problems elsewhere. We need to look at practical measures to slow down the flow of water from the hills wherever possible. It has been achieved in other parts of the country, and it can be achieved here in Dumfries and Galloway.”

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