4 jul 2017

Royal HaskoningDHV’s flood defences for five locations in Moray have been put to the test following heavy rain across the area. This latest episode will add to the £86 million worth of savings already achieved by the schemes in avoided damage.

Homes and businesses in Moray have weathered the storm as heavy rains deluged the area putting the Royal HaskoningDHV-designed flood defences to the test.

The flood event came just three months after the official opening of the £84 million Elgin scheme, the largest flood alleviation scheme in Scotland and last of five schemes in the Moray Flood Alleviation Framework to be delivered by Royal HaskoningDHV.

The schemes succeeded in protecting the flood-prone area from disaster when at the beginning of June the area endured 24 hours of rain.

Steve Magenis of Royal HaskoningDHV said: “When we were commissioned to deliver the Moray Flood Alleviation Scheme over 13 years ago we were well aware of the magnitude of the task. Moray has historically suffered from devastating flood events putting both local lives and livelihoods at risk.

“In the past, rainfall such as we had last week would have resulted in significant and widespread flooding of homes and businesses, causing millions of pounds of damage and leading to massive disruption. We are therefore delighted that all five of the flood defence schemes we delivered across Moray performed as expected, keeping residents and businesses safe and minimising disturbance.”

The Moray Flood Alleviation Schemes were commissioned by Moray Council in response to the devastating and flood events in the area during the 1990s which left millions of pounds worth of damage.

This is the first time since completion that the Elgin scheme has faced a major challenge, but the defences were proven even before they were complete when the tail end of Hurricane Bertha wrought havoc throughout Moray in August 2014.

It is estimated that the five schemes combined have prevented a total of £86.4m worth of damage – with one of the schemes, Lhanbryde, having protected local communities from damage during four flood events over the last ten years.

The project team, led by Moray Council and including Royal HaskoningDHV, Morrison Construction and Arcadis, was awarded a Commendation at the 2016 Saltire Civil Engineering Awards last October for their work on the Elgin scheme, which has included the installation of the innovative double-arch Landshut Bridge.