Residents ‘should attend flood action meetings’

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An updated assessment of the rock armour at the mouth of the River Carron is to be undertaken by Aberdeenshire Council.

Stonehaven Flood Action group describe the rock armour as “an ongoing and contentious issue with regard to flooding in Stonehaven.”

However, the local authority have always played down the effect the rocks have had on causing the river to burst its banks.

A video taken by a Stonehaven resident showed “solition waves” going up the river at high tide.

Speaking this week to the Kincardine and Mearns area committee, principal engineer Rachel Kennedy said that the video was “very compelling”.

The local authority have put out a tender for a contractor to properly assess the impact of the rock armour on river levels.

Ms Kennedy mentioned that working with the Flood Action Group and other similar community groups can help their work towards reducing flood risk.

Area manager Willie Munro echoed this, but added that many people complain without finding out the facts first.

He said: “We get a lot of people writing complaint letters, who do not attend flood action meetings.

‘‘We would like to encourage people who are concerned to come along to these meetings so that they can remain informed and updated as to the latest work being carried out.”