Drilling work has started as part of Aberdeenshire Council’s flood alleviation measures in Stonehaven -four years after the 2009 deluge.
Wednesday afternoon saw the commencement of works around the River Carron and Glasslaw Burn areas, where multiple drilling rigs were operating in the area.
Costain Environmental Ltd have been appointed by the council to carry out the work, which will involve gaining access to a number of residential gardens as well as the riverbank areas
A council spokesperson said: “As much of the work will be carried out in a conservation area, extra care will be taken to minimise the impact of the investigations in and around historic features.
“Exploratory samples will be taken in around 40 excavations.”
Residents have been warned to expect some disruption while the work is carried out, with temporary road closures necessary at times to move plant.
The spokesperson added: “Residents and business are thanked for their patience whilst these essential works take place.”
Much of the town was devastated in the 2009 flooding as well as during last December’s deluge.