Scotland's largest flood prevention scheme launched

Glasgow City Council (Scotland) has launched a pioneering £53m flood prevention scheme. Speaking at the opening on 31 October 2011, council leader Gordon Matheson said, "The scheme is not just about great engineering, at its heart it is a regeneration project - both in terms of the environmental improvements and the significant enhancements made to allow future economic development to take place."

90,000 metres2 of rich and diverse wetland habitats, such as woodland, scrub, wet grasslands and ponds, has been created to help reduce flood risk, and the natural environment has been further enhanced by planting trees.

The groundbreaking project will protect about 1,750 homes and 45 businesses along the river from the damage and misery of flooding and passed its first major flooding test earlier this year, helping to prevent damage during heavy rains in February.

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