Lib Dem’s flood support call

North East Liberal Democrat MSP Alison McInnes asked the Deputy First Minister about flood support for the area.
North East Liberal Democrat MSP Alison McInnes asked the Deputy First Minister about flood support for the area.

Scottish Liberal Democrat Alison McInnes has questioned the Deputy First Minister on what temporary support is being given to Aberdeenshire Council and local agencies to help respond to unprecedented flooding in the North-east.

The MSP, who represents North East Scotland, asked John Swinney following the evacuation of residents, numerous road closures and damage to properties, the full extent of which is still being calculated.

The River Don has burst its banks in several places.

The River Don has burst its banks in several places.

She also reiterated her party’s calls for the UK Government to apply to the European Union for extra money to address the impact of flooding.

Ms McInnes said: “The priority at the moment is helping the families and communities affected by the flooding in Aberdeenshire, which is unprecedented in its scale and scope.

“The Deputy First Minister’s intention to make a financial allocation to Aberdeenshire Council allowing it to lift council tax and business rates obligations for properties affected is certainly welcome.

“But there must also be urgency as swiftly as is safe to repair and reopen the A93 between Aberdeen and Braemar. It is a vital artery for all sorts of traffic in the area which cannot depend solely on access through Glenshee.

“The Scottish Government must also provide active support to the UK Government as it applies to the European Union Solidarity Fund established to support member states hit by natural disasters. The scale of the devastation is certainly sufficient to warrant an application for financial support.”