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Third Moray flood scheme opens in Rothes

Residents of Rothes in Moray, Scotland, have celebrated the opening of the town’s “technically challenging” £25M flood alleviation scheme.

Construction of the scheme began in July 2008 and involved extensive work on three watercourses − the Back Burn, Black Burn and Rothes Burn − and a new road bridge on the A941 was constructed over the Rothes Burn in the town centre.

Flood capacity has been increased through a series of channel and structure modifications creating formal flood defences. Monitoring and adaptive channel maintenance and management will secure flood defences in the long term.

The scheme ensures a standard of flood protection of at least 1 in 100 years, and allows for climate change.

The Moray Council flood alleviation sub-committee chairman John Russell said: “It is most gratifying to see this major scheme completed successfully and on time. 

“Although not the most costly of the flood schemes in Moray, it has been technically the most complex and congratulations are due to everyone involved in seeing it through to completion.”

Morrison Construction project manager Bob Strachan said: “The Rothes scheme was the most technically challenging because it involved working on private land owned by around 70 different individuals or organisations which meant that the working areas were very constrained, as well as working within a Special Area of Conservation and Site of Special Scientific Interest.”

The flood alleviation scheme at Rothes is part of a wider flood prevention programme initiated by The Moray Council in 2002, to bring flood protection to the communities of Elgin, Forres, Lhanbryde, and Rothes.

The programme brings together the expertise of the Moray Council, engineering and environmental consultant Royal Haskoning, contractor Morrison Construction, and built asset consultant EC Harris.

The scheme at Rothes is the third in the programme to be completed and follows successful flood alleviation works at Lhanbryde and an award winning scheme at Forres, Burn of Mosset, which now protects over 800 homes.

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