Residents in a north-east town have been warned there will be disruption as major work on a £16 million flood protection scheme gets under way.
Stonehaven was devastated by floods in both 2009 and 2012 when the River Carron burst its banks.
Tree removal work started back in January with removal of two bridges on Cameron Street due to take place in the coming weeks.
The bridges, known locally as the white bridge and red bridge, will be taken away on a temporary basis.
Principal engineer with Aberdeenshire Council and project manager on the scheme Rachel Kennedy said she was delighted the project had started.
Northern Ireland-based McLaughlin and Harvey will carry out the work on behalf of the local authority.
A meet-the-team event was held this week to give residents the chance to ask questions of engineers and community liaison officers regarding upcoming work.
Rachel said: “The council has strived and worked hard and invested a lot of time, effort and money on the scheme.
“It has been a long time coming for a lot of people, but it is lovely to see it starting.
“We have started the tree removal because we are sensitive to the constraints when it comes to bird nesting season.
“The hard civil engineering works will be commencing in a few weeks.
“The diggers will roll in and the bridges will be coming out.”
She added: “The white bridge and red bridge on Cameron Street will be removed and will be gone for around a year.
“There will be different challenges of getting about and we will be making sure we have good communication with the town.
“We understand there will be disruption in the town and we need to communicate that the best we can.
“There will be a newsletter published, site information boards and there will be a dedicated phone line and email address.”
It is anticipated the scheme could finish next winter.