Flood protection measures update for councillors

Flooded street in Stonehaven.
Flooded street in Stonehaven.

Councillors have been given an update on a flood protection plan for Stonehaven, and work undertaken in other affected areas.

The Flood Action Plan hopes to achieve six major outcomes - five of which are set out by the Stonehaven Community Flood Action Group.

They are: long term permanent effective flood defences put in place; short term community resilience with well rehearsed flood emergency response plans; appropriate building flood protection; insurance cover available for all and a system to be put in place to prevent flood water gathering in lower Stonehaven.

Members of the Kincardine and Mearns area committee were this week given an update on work undertaken in different areas that have been affected by flooding.

In Fordoun, the committee heard that a problem with a small culvert under the A90 which caused the flooding in 2009 was to be addressed by BEAR Scotland, while a bund had been created to combat flooding caused by the run-off from a field.

A river restoration scheme in Marykirk was progressing, with the view to reducing some of the material washed down the burn, but the project had been delayed by “unforeseen environmental surveys required at particular times of year.’’

Investigation works in Luthermuir had indicated that large pipes being drained into smaller pipes could be causing problems, and more detailed evaluation works were intended to be carried out in the Spring.

In the report put before the committee, Fettercairn was outlined as a “Potentially Vulnerable Area” for the Local Flood Risk Management Plan for the Tay Estuary and Montrose Basin Flood District, to be published in June 2016, and work was ongoing in the village.