Attn: Local news desks

For immediate release: Thursday 5 January 2017

SALMOND ISSUES FLOOD SUPPORT REMINDER TO CONSTITUENTS

MP for Gordon, Alex Salmond, has issued a reminder to constituents of the readily available flood support programmes from the Association of British Insurers. 

The ABI released two documents, detailing steps homeowners should take in the event of flooding and measures which can be put in place to prevent future flooding. 

In January 2016, wide-spread flooding occurred after heavy and persistent rainfall caused rivers to burst their banks, leading to extensive damage to the properties of many residents across Aberdeenshire.

Mr Salmond said:

"It is difficult to comprehend that it has been almost a year since the devastating flooding that caused chaos in our communities in the North East. 

"Whilst much of the damage has been repaired, many people returned to their homes and the flood defences bolstered, the legacy of Storm Frank and the devastation we all saw in January should not be forgotten.

"Measures have been taken to control the river, but preparation is key. It is encouraging that ABI has compiled these comprehensive documents carrying sound advice to residents who live with the threat of flooding.

"I urge my constituents to take head of this advice and I am with you in hoping that we may never have to face a repeat of a truly awful experience for our community."  

ENDS

Notes to editors: 

Responding to Major Floods: This document sets out the steps that a homeowner should take immediately after being flooded – from minimising water damage to contacting their insurer. 

The above document can be found here: https://www.abi.org.uk/~/media/Files/Documents/Publications/Public/2015/Property/Responding%20to%20Major%20Floods.pdf

Guide to resistant and resilience repair after a flood: This document details why that, once the initial emergency response has taken place, it’s important to think about how to prevent damage in future.

The above document can be found here: https://www.abi.org.uk/~/media/Files/Documents/Publications/Public/2016/Home%20insurance/ABI%20Guide%20to%20Resistant%20and%20Resilient%20Repair%20after%20a%20Flood.pdf