Flood protection studies and schemes

We assess the risk of flooding in vulnerable areas and consider flood protection work in those areas.

Whitesands, Dumfries

A scheme to provide flood protection and regeneration for the Whitesands area of Dumfries was unanimously agreed at the meeting of the Environment, Economy and Infrastructure Committee on 10 November 2015.

Newton Stewart

We commissioned a flood study of Newton Stewart in 2013. The aim of the study was to investigate the causes of flooding and identify potential flood risk management options in Newton Stewart and Minnigaff.

The study helped to inform the development of the Local Flood Risk Management Plan and work to develop a formal flood protection scheme is ongoing.


We have classified Kirkconnel as a priority area following an assessment of flooding in Dumfries and Galloway. SEPA also identified the town as a Potentially Vulnerable Area through their national assessment.

A flood study was commissioned following flooding during December 2013. The report looks at the flood risk from the River Nith and Polbower Burn, investigates flooding mechanisms and considers potential flood risk management options.

Castle Douglas

In Partnership with Scottish Power, a Flood Risk Assessment was carried out in 2013 with specific reference to the flooding risk posed by Carlingwalk loch and the river dee.


In partnership with Scottish Power, we commissioned a Flood Risk Study in 2015 to assess risk from the Water of Deugh and its tributaries within the village of Carsphairn.


We commissioned a flood study for Dalbeattie in 2016. The purpose of the study was to carry out an analysis and review of the current flood defences in Dalbeattie and Kirkgunzeon.


We commissioned a flood study for Gelston in 2012.  The purpose of the study was to address the issue of historical and potential flooding and consider appropriate measures.


We commissioned a flood risk assessment in Langholm in 2011 to investigate the risks of the town's location at the confluence of the River Esk, Wauchope Water and Ewes Water. Additional assessments to consider the flood risk of small culverted watercourses in Langholm were undertaken in 2013.


We commissioned a Flood Study for Moffat in 2018. The purpose of the study was to update the work previously carried out. The main aim of the study was to identify the risk of flooding within the town of Moffat, to enable Dumfries and Galloway Council to make informed decisions on options available for flood risk management.


We commissioned a Flood study for Moniaive in 2015 following flooding events in 2013 and 2015.


A study of flooding in Stranraer was completed in 2009 which identified a number of works to reduce the flood risk from three watercourses, the Sheuchan Burn, the Town Burn and the Black Stank.

Construction work at certain locations within Stranraer has been ongoing since early 2010 and a number of works have already been completed. It's intended that all the work identified will be completed by 2021.

Stranraer Water Front Development

Following a region wide Strategic Flood Appraisal, Stranraer's shore front and harbour area have been identified to be at risk of Coastal inundation.

In 2009 we commissioned an Urban Design Strategy and master plan for Stranraer waterfront, a Flood Risk Assessment for the area has been developed in inclusion with this:

Shoreline Management Plan

A small proportion of the regions coastline may require costal protection or flood defences over the next 50 years. A shoreline Management Plan was produced in 2005   as an initial step in developing a costal defence strategy.

Minor works in other areas

We have a small budget to carry out minor improvement work to reduce flood risk. This includes culvert replacement, strengthening of river banks and installation of trash screens.

Examples of past work have been:

  • Lambholm culvert project
  • Gelston water course and culvert improvement
  • Portpatrick drainage work and Hill Street improvements
  • Twynholm culvert and overflow bypass
  • Port William culvert and pipe work

We also have a duty to undertake watercourse inspections and clearance where it will substantially reduce the risk of flooding.

Page last updated: 26/11/2019
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