Aberdeenshire Community Flood Protection Studies


Driven by the Flood Risk Management (Scotland) Act 2009, Flood Risk Management Strategies have been developed to reduce the impact of flooding nationwide, coordinating the efforts of all organisations which tackle flooding. This focusses work where the risk of flooding and the benefits of investment are greatest. Within the North East Local Flood Risk Management Plan Aberdeenshire Council has identified three priority Potentially Vulnerable Areas (PVA) catchments for which the agreed action to consider flood protection is to be considered. Ellon, Inverurie (including Port Elphinstone) and Insch are ranked within the authority area as 1, 2 and 3 respectively.

Flood Protection Studies apply to situations where the strategic appraisal has indicated that an action, or group of actions, are likely to address the flooding problem. They also look at where initial assessments of technical, economic and environmental feasibility have indicated that it is worth progressing to a detailed study.

The North East of Scotland experienced flooding following storm Frank in January 2016, including high water levels on the rivers Ythan and Don. This resulted in approximately 65 residential properties and three business in Ellon flooding. In Inverurie and Port Elphinstone around 95 houses and approximately 14 businesses were flooded. On this occasion Insch, a nearby town, did not suffer, but has flooded on several occasions historically.


Working as Dougall Baillie Associates’ sub-consultant, we will work in partnership with Aberdeenshire Council, the communities and other interested parties to develop measures to reduce flood risk. The studies will provide valuable information on the best way to reduce flood risk, while making the most of the limited funding available for such schemes. This will allow the Council to make informed decisions which are in the best interests of these communities and Aberdeenshire as a whole.

The studies draw on a multi-disciplinary team and will include topographic survey, hydrological and hydraulic modelling, natural flood management and river basin management planning assessments, ecological surveys, structure condition assessments, options appraisal, stakeholder engagement and economic analysis.

If a preferred Flood Protection Scheme can be identified, the outputs from the studies will be considered in the national prioritisation process for Scottish Government funding, for construction in the 2022 – 2027.


The North East Local Flood Risk Management Plan indicated that the potential damages avoided for Ellon, Inverurie (Port Elphinstone) and Insch, by reducing flood risk to residential and non-residential properties and roads, is £18 million split evenly between the three communities.

Want to know more?

Contact Caroline Anderton for more information on this project. You can also visit our Flood and Water Management web page for more information on our work in this area.

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