Flood solution display

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A PUBLIC exhibition is to be held on January 26 from 10.30am-7pm to show members of the public a range of ideas for flood prevention in the town.

Members of the Kincardine and Mearns area committee this week backed the plans, which will give locals an opportunity to air their views and give their verdict on the different solutions. The exhibition comes following a detailed review of long-term flood alleviation options which could reduce the flood risk from the River Carron. The investigation was ordered following unprecedented flooding of the river on November 1 2009, when around 100 properties were damaged and more than 50 residents had to be evacuated from their homes during, as waters rose to several feet in lower parts of the town.

Philip McKay, head of roads and landscape services, said investigations had shown that a repeat of the November 2009 floods “would still be expected to occur” despite the river capacity having been increased by around 25%. He went on to say the river would be expected to reach capacity every ten years at the moment.

On Tuesday councillors were told of the six options available for treating the Carron – ranging in price up to more than £6m. These involved a variety of flood defence methods including the potential use of eight foot tall walls as well as modification of the channel and bridges.

The authority’s principle engineer, Steve McFarland, told members that the solutions were “concepts at present” and that following the public exhibition it was hoped that a preferred option could be identified and brought to the design stage. He added that it is important that as many people as possible give their views at this stage of planning.

Councillor Peter Bellarby said: “The floods in 2009 were a terrible event and it is good to see action being taken. I am pleased with how well the public are being consulted.”