Meshes will be reinstated to footbridges in Alyth after they were removed by residents in an effort to save nearby homes from flooding.
The coverings on the crossings have long been a bone of contention among many local people, who believe they exacerbate flooding problems by clogging up Alyth Burn with branches and other debris, causing it to overflow.
Perth and Kinross Council says the meshes are needed for health and safety reasons, to prevent children or pets who fall into the water from being swept upstream.
The issue was brought to the fore after the flood of 2015, which caused millions of pounds of damage to homes and businesses.
Local man Bob Kydd took action on Wednesday when water levels in the burn rose after a night of relentless downpours.
He said: “As soon as the water levels reached the heights of the mesh, it started catching all the debris, logs and branches.
“This caused the water to slow down, sending it upwards and outwards. That was equal to more flooding and out excessive strain on the bridges themselves.
“As soon as I cleared the mesh, giving a clean flow of water, the levels dropped in a matter of minutes.
“It definitely limited my 88-year-old gran’s house from catastrophic damage.”
The council confirmed the meshes will be re-installed.
A spokeswoman said: “The council notes that Alyth residents took action to remove mesh parapet panels from pedestrian footbridges in Alyth during the recent extreme flood event.
“However, we would ask that residents do not take it upon themselves to intervene in such a way as their actions could have unintended consequences.”
She said removing the mesh had not impacted on the structural integrity of the bridges, which were still safe to use.
“The mesh panels are necessary from a safety perspective to ensure that there is no risk to children or small pets from falling into or accessing the Alyth Burn.
“As such they will be re-attached. If members of the community wish to discuss this further, then officers will be happy to engage with them.”
The council yesterday revealed welfare checks were carried out on 100 residents across Perth and Kinross after Tuesday night’s storm.
Five households were provided with emergency hotel accommodation.