Open door public event at Forres Flood halfway stage

People in Forres will have an opportunity next week to see for themselves the progress made on the local Flood Prevention Scheme as it enters the halfway stage.

The £45million scheme is due to be completed in 2015 but already major changes to the landscape are evident in particular works undertaken alongside the A96 through the town.

Locals interested in learning what has been achieved so far – and what comes next – can drop in to the information event being held at the Tolbooth on Tuesday, October 29 from 10am to 8pm.

Project manager Barbara Hellett said: “The construction works are very obvious to those driving along the A96.  Traffic is currently using a temporary diversion to allow parts of the scheme to be built.

“Some people might be surprised to discover that the works cover a much larger area, with parts of the scheme stretching into the Pilmuir area to the south, beyond Waterford Road to the north east and almost as far as Findhorn Bay in the north.

“The scheme is reinstating the floodplain, making space for water along the river corridor and improving drainage at Pilmuir to provide flood protection for 980 homes and businesses.

“This is an important project for Forres and we would like people to know as much as possible about what we are doing and how it might affect them.”

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