Roseanna Cunningham Scotland’s Minister for Environment who was opening the Braid Burn Flood Prevention Scheme at a nearby primary school said: “Edinburgh has suffered a long history of flooding from the Braid Burn. The most severe events occurring in April 2000 and October 2002 which resulted in flooding to a number of properties next to the burn and which caused substantial damages.
“Taking climate change into account, the scheme will reduce the annual risk of flooding to more than 1,000 homes and businesses to less than one per cent.”
The Braid Burn Flood Prevention Scheme was designed by Aecom and built by contractors Carillon on behalf of Edinburgh City Council and involved the replacement of several culverts and bridges, new flood embankments, floodwalls, strengthening of existing defences and the creation of two flood storage reservoirs.
An estimated £25m worth of damage was done to 600 houses and businesses when the Water of Leith and the Braid Burn burst their banks in April 2000.