Flood protection strategy announced during Newton Stewart visit
First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has unveiled a 10-year flood protection strategy designed to protect more than 10,000 homes.
The announcement was made during a visit to Newton Stewart which was badly affected by winter storms.
The plan is backed by grant funding of £420m and follows agreement between the Scottish government and the Convention of Scottish Local Authorities (Cosla).
It will be used to deliver 40 new flood protection projects across Scotland.
The funding will also support local flood risk management plans.
More than 130 flood protection studies will be carried out to help find potential solutions for another 26,000 residential properties currently at risk.
Ms Sturgeon said:
Earlier this year I saw first hand the devastating effects of mother nature as storms battered our communities.
Last December is on record as the wettest and saw levels at rivers across Scotland overflow.
She said the Dumfries and Galloway town of Newton Stewart had been particularly badly hit.
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