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Reporting Scotland tonight (3.1.17) took us back to Ballater and Deeside in December 2015 for one of their bigger ‘news’ stories. We saw again the dreadful floods, saw the one temporarily trapped old guy and heard of the one traumatised bairn who only has to hear a raindrop and he’s off to hide upstairs. We also heard from only two locals who feel the new defences are still not strong enough for another deluge. We didn’t hear from any expert or government official, as to the actual preparations that have been made, or who might have known how sound they were.
Is there extreme rainfall on the way? Does Jackie know something the Met Office doesn’t? Is she hearing voices from above?
Of course, we already know that flood defences across Scotland are far better than in England but hey why mention that when you want to scare everybody again? Why mention either that 2016 has been one of the driest years on record and so river levels are low or that the Met Office forecast for Ballater for the next seven days is dry?
Were they just short of news and had to fill in with something, anything or was the non-story about Police Scotland not enough bad news about Scotland?
The Scotsman had these actual news stories they could have lifted:
Raft of tech flotations expected as market bounces back
Edinburgh science venture targeting jobs growth