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Flood warning for the Whitesands

Flooding at Whitesands in December Credit: ITV Border

A flood warning has been issued for the Whitesands in Dumfries for this afternoon, according to Police Scotland.

Elevated water levels within the Lower Nith are likely to result in tidal flooding on the Whitesands. High tide is expected at approximately 2.45pm but flooding may occur before and after this.

The flooding could reach across the road into the Brewery Street entrance, and parking on the Whitesands will be affected. The public are asked to avoid the area if possible.

The warning comes on the day when a petition against flooding prevention plans has been handed into the Public Petitions Committee in Dumfries.

Dumfries flood petition to be discussed

A public petition against new flood prevention plans in Dumfries will be heard during a "parliament day'" in the town.

A local resident is presenting his arguments against the multi-million scheme on the Whitesands.

The public petitions committee will consider two other petitions when it meets at Easterbrook Hall.

The committee can decide if the petition will be considered by the Scottish Parliament.


Flooding continues to affect region

Flooding is continuing to be a problem across the region.

So far Cumbria Police have issued a number of warnings about road closures and many train lines have been disrupted.

Yellow flood warnings have been issues across Cumbria, with Amber warnings being issues across South West Scotland and Borders.

ITV Border has also just been informed the Whitesands in Dumfries has now flooded.

Flood defences will put "Whitesands back where it should be"

"I think it will be excellent for Dumfries, and hopefully put the Whitesands back where it should be, as a pinnacle part of the town centre, and the Chandalese approach that we have with the trees and people rather than cars, I think will be very positive."

– Jacquie Brown, owner of Jaquie's salon in Dumfries

Cafe owner says flood plans are "a waste of money"

"I saw a film, and it was horse and carts in those days, so obviously it's been going on for years and years, so you're not going to stop it all entirely anyway so why spend all that money?

"We don't like getting flooded, we moan about getting flooded and we want something done about it, but if you want the honest truth sometimes you wish for something and if you wish hard enough it can destroy you sometimes in a way."

"I think it's a waste of money, the money they're proposing to spend on it. OK we don't like getting flooded, but I would rather be flooded once or twice over a period of time and lose a days business because I'm probably going to lose my business altogether if they go ahead and do what they propose to do."

– Willie Potts, owner of Piccolo Cafe in Dumfries


Businesses worried about proposed plans

The river Nith often bursts its banks throughout the winter Credit: ITV News Border

New flood defence plans were displayed in Dumfries town centre in August, after years of campaigning from local businesses.

However, the plans were met by mixed reactions with some businesses worried that the new scheme could deter people from visiting the town.

For example, the council were proposing to cut the number of car parking spaces to make way for new flood defences.

The river Nith often bursts its banks during the winter months, with many shopfronts suffering extensive damage as a result.

Local businesses have suffered extensive damage from flooding over the years Credit: ITV News Border

Dumfries flood defence scheme proves controversial

Archive picture of the Whitesands flooding Credit: Scottish Screen Archive

There are mixed feelings from businesses in the Whitesands area of Dumfries over a new flood defence scheme planned for the area.

The Whitesands has been hit by flooding since before the second world war. These pictures show the first ever record of the devastation it caused back in 1936.

The river Nith as it burst its banks Credit: Scottish Screen Archive

It is hoped a new £10 million scheme will alleviate some of the problems, but there are worries about the economic impact it will have on the area.

The high river under the Devorgilla bridge Credit: Scottish Screen Archive

Dumfries traders fear flooding plans will slow trade

Locals were given the chance to view plans last month Credit: ITV News Border

Planners in Dumfries say they are working on ways to improve the £10 million flood defence scheme in the town, after fears from traders it could put off shoppers.

Many shop owners along the Whitesands say the current plans, which could reduce parking, will have an impact on their businesses.

Full report: £10m flood defences for Dumfries

A £10 million scheme to solve the flooding problem in Dumfries and re-design part of the town has gone on display.

The plans involve building a grassed bank along the Whitesands area, that would prevent the River Nith from flooding shops and businesses.

It has been a problem for decades, and many are relieved that at last something will be put in place, but some are worried it will cut the number of parking spaces.

Matthew Taylor reports:

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