White Cart Water Flood Prevention Scheme

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White Cart Water Flood Prevention Scheme

The White Cart Water has inflicted misery to residents and businesses in the south side of Glasgow over many decades.

Normally a shallow river, the White Cart Water is prone to flash flooding. As little as twelve hours of rain can cause water levels to rise by six metres with the potential to turn the river into a raging torrent as it gathers momentum downstream towards the vulnerable suburbs of the city.

Since 1908 there have been more than 20 significant floods caused by relatively minor storms.

One of the most memorable was at Hogmanay 1984 when 500 homes in Battlefield and Langside were inundated and millions of pounds of damage caused. Only 12 days later floods inflicted further misery in the same area.

In 1990 residents in the area were struck again. In 1994, the river burst its banks once more in various places including Paisley, and in 1999 families living in Cathcart and Langside suffered thousands of pounds of damage when the water reached waist height in their homes.

Public awareness of the 1980s and 1990s floods, coupled with increasing awareness that meteorologists predict more intense periods of rainfall in future as a result of Climate Change, made finding the solution for a scheme a major priority for Glasgow City Council.

Glasgow City Council promoted a flood prevention scheme for the White Cart Water and its tributary the Auldhouse Burn. The Scottish Ministers approved the flood prevention scheme in 2006 and the scheme was fully operational in September 2011.

This website was set up to provide information to members of the public and to keep you informed of the project's progress.

Latest news

The Scheme was Highly Commended at the 2013 CEEQUAL Outstanding Achievement Awards.

The scheme won the Environmental Award in the British Construction Industry Awards 2012 (more)

The scheme won first place in the Flood Risk Management category in the Waterways Renaissance Awards 2012 (more)

The project has received two 'Excellent' awards under the CEEQUAL awards scheme (more)

New flood defences have successfully held back rising water and helped protect hundreds of homes and businesses within Glasgow. (more)

The Leader of Glasgow City Council inaugurated Scotland‚€™s largest flood prevention scheme on 31 October (more)

The scheme received a Project Commendation at the Saltire Society Civil Engineering Awards 2011 (more)

Watch a video showing the installation of the world's largest Hydro-brakes (more)

Useful Information

SEPA floodline (more)

Are you prepared for a flood (more)