Today's wander down Helensburgh's memory lane takes us back 15 years to a warning of future flooding risks to Helensburgh.

Here's how we reported the news in the Advertiser on February 17, 2005...

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NEW research has renewed fears parts of Helensburgh could be under water within 50 years.

The Burgh has been identified as among coastal towns at risk from rising sea levels in a Scottish Executive study.

Surveyors are warning the threat of flooding could cause house prices to plummet by 40 per cent.

Dumbarton and the Vale of Leven have also been named as likely trouble spots, along with Gourock.

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Last year the council announced funding for flooding protection in other parts of Argyll and Bute but said there are no major plans for Helensburgh.

A spokesperson for Argyll and Bute Council said: “There is a project planned this year to alleviate flooding problems at Carman Road, Cardross (A814) where an overflowing culvert has been causing flooding. This is of course fresh water, not sea water.

“The recent flooding by the sea this winter at Clyde Street means we will monitor that area.

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“The Scottish Executive does have a scheme whereby we can identify projects and apply for funding - that was the case with Rothesay where we received £1.7m for a flood prevention seawall.

"However, there are no plans for any major seafront flood prevention schemes for Helensburgh at the moment.”

Three years ago storms and flooding wrecked homes, closed schools, and cause chaos on the roads and rails and left the seafront car park flooded and cars marooned.

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A report made shortly after that focused on the impact of climate change on Scotland and showed the areas most at risk were those below the five-metre contour.

A spokesman for the Scottish Executive confirmed at the time a spot level checks on East Clyde Street near Lomond Street was on the four metre mark and another test on West Clyde Street between James Street and John Street showed the same reading.

The warnings come nearly 10 months after a Foresight Flood and Coastal Defence Study published last April revealed flooding could cause economic damage of £20 billion unless the government acts early.

August 23 this year has been flagged as a day when tides will be much higher than usual, reaching 4.4 metres above sea level compared with the normal 2.5 metres.

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