Our Flood Alleviation Schemes - Rothes
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Rothes has a long history of flooding. On numerous occasions properties have been flooded from a combination of the Back Burn, the Burn of Rothes and the Black Burn.
The £25 million Rothes Flood Alleviation Scheme was carried out to alleviate flooding from these burns, and was completed in May 2011 - £2.4 million under budget.
A flood event in August 2014 tested the scheme, and it is estimated that it prevented flooding to around 200 residential and 18 commercial properties, avoiding damages of around £6.5 million.
The works comprised of:
- Channel widening
- Replacement of existing bridges
- Reinforced concrete flood walls and mini-piled foundation
- Earthworks embankments
- Bank protection works to prevent future scour
The works were programmed to suit various environmental constraints, including salmon spawning.
The scheme provides a standard of flood protection of 1 in 100 years plus an allowance for climate change.