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Work to start on Moray flood alleviation scheme completion

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August 31 2012

Work to start on Moray flood alleviation scheme completion
Work to complete the last of five flood alleviation schemes in Moray is to commence next week after Morrison Construction were awarded the £45m contract.

The scheme will entail construction along the river Findhorn to protect 1,000 homes and businesses from flooding, the latest in a series of works to mitigate against flooding in Lhanbryde, Rothes, Forres and Elgin.

Together they represent the largest ever investment in flood protection to be undertaken in Scotland.

Councillor George Alexander, chairman of Moray Council’s flood alleviation sub-committee, said:  “A great many people – and particularly those whose homes and businesses are most at risk – will also be hugely relieved.

“It may be more than 40 years since the River Findhorn last caused major flooding, but the threat is always there.

“The economic benefits of the scheme, set against the potential cost of damage that a serious flood would cause, are not in question and we all now look forward to the scheme progressing well and being completed on time and within budget.”

The River Findhorn last broke its banks in 1979 and it is feared another major flooding event is already overdue.

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