An ambitious £11 million scheme has been designed to protect a north-east town from flooding.
Aberdeenshire Council is working alongside Dougall Baillie Associates and JBA Consulting to evaluate the risk of floods in Inverurie and Port Elphinstone.
The local authority has been working with the two firms on studies with a focus on the flooding caused by Storm Frank in the winter of 2015/16.
Now it has opted for an £11 million flood defence scheme to protect the town from rising river levels which involves building a new embankment at the retail park on Oldmeldrum Road.
Dozens of homes were evacuated in Inverurie and Port Elphinstone after the River Don burst its banks amid heavy rain during the storm almost four years ago.
Some residents had to be rescued as the river water rushed down streets and into their properties, ruining belongings inside. Many people were put up in rest centres until it was safe for them to return home.
Police Scotland declared it as a “major incident” at the time.
If given the go ahead, the bolstered protection scheme would be made up of flood protection walls, earth embankments, a manual flood gate would be installed under the railway bridge on Keithhall Road and a footbridge would be removed.
A report into the project said 38 residents attended a public consultation event last month with “largely positive” feedback.
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A document by the council’s infrastructure services director Stephen Archer said the installation of embankments and other measures was a “feasible option” when it came to protecting the town from the River Don.
He said: “Direct structural defences in the form of earth embankments and flood protection walls, a manual flood gate and removal of canal restrictions are considered as a feasible and sustainable option that can reduce flood risk to Inverurie and Port Elphinstone for the up to 1 in 200 year climate change event.”
Meanwhile, council bosses have gone for a £4m flood protection scheme in Insch designed to defend the village from the Shevock, which is a tributary of the River Ury.
The scheme would involve the building of a flood wall at Mill Road and new embankments to protect Insch Golf Club House and Market Square as well as Bennachie Leisure Centre.
Councillors on the Garioch area committee will discuss the proposals at their meeting in Inverurie next week before the proposals go to the infrastructure services committee later this month.