Scottish Water spends £300,000 to ease Corbiehall flooding

Contactors on site installing flood prevention works at Corbiehall.
Contactors on site installing flood prevention works at Corbiehall.

Scottish Water is battling the winter weather to install beefed up drainage capacity for Corbiehall in Bo’ness at a cost of £300,000.

The company hopes it will ease flash flooding issues experienced by residents and businesses in the area.

Homes and businesses situated below Panbrae Road have been living with flooding and associated landslip problems for years.

But hopefully those days will be behind them, thanks to the company’s investment in phase one of the project.

After heavy rain it is not uncommon for water levels to rise swiftly and inundate the low-lying buildings with murky, silt-laden run-0ff.

Scottish Water is currently installing reservoirs and pipework at Back Hill which will store flood water and release it gradually, thus preventing flooding.

Gail Fairholm, mine hostess at the Corbie Inn said: “The flooding can be quite horrendous. The water level rises quickly but also falls quickly too.

“I’m quite happy that Scottish Water seems to be addressing the problem at long last.

“We’ll keep our fingers crossed that the reservoirs will be up to the task!”

Jane Mckenzie, of Scottish Water, said: “We are pleased to be making good progress with the first phase of this project which will deliver significant environmental improvements to this area of Bo’ness.”

Thanking residents for their patience, she pledged the area would be reinstated to its previous condition on completion of the work.

Phase Two is currently in the planning stages.