Council moves to flood recovery phase

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Aberdeenshire Council is working with other agencies on a major phase of recovery following the extreme flooding in the area.

The council continues to monitor the situation and advice issued by the Met Office and SEPA across the region.

Household items piled up outside a property in Canal Crescent, Port Elphinstone.

Household items piled up outside a property in Canal Crescent, Port Elphinstone.

Ongoing work has taken place to repair roads, provide housing advice, locate skips in numerous locations, coordinate responses for donations, as well as devise a mechanism to distribute Scottish Government flood relief funding of £2 million.

SEPA advises that flood warnings for Aberdeenshire have been lifted and river levels are not causing any significant concern, however all will continue to be monitored in the coming days.

Co-leader Councillor Richard Thomson said: “I want to thank everyone for their work in supporting our communities through what has been a devastating experience for many people who have had damage to homes, possessions and businesses as well as the impact it has had on travel.

“Council officers have worked tirelessly alongside community groups to provide support and generous donations to help people recover have also been made, it shows the strong, resilient communities we have in Aberdeenshire.

“It will take time to recover in the coming weeks and days as roads, bridges and properties are repaired and people supported. The funding announcement by Scottish Government to support these efforts is also welcomed.”

Co-leader Councillor Martin Kitts Hayes added: “The council, communities, partner organisations and businesses across Aberdeenshire are to be commended for supporting people throughout the flooding and helping people recover.

“The extreme weather conditions and rise in river levels faced were some of the highest on record and posed significant issues for infrastructure and safety across the area and as we all recover we can look at what can be done to support people further.

“The funding from Scottish Government will go some way towards helping people and will be met with thanks by many.

“The council is also doing all it can to support businesses and residents throughout the area too whether it has been providing skips to help clear up or storage for retailers to housing advice.”

Work has taken place to provide support to people using rest centres with most people either returning to their homes or provided with alternative temporary accommodation.

Communities of Aberdeenshire have made significant and generous donations following the recent flooding and teams are working to ensure that this is passed on to those that need it.

Now that the recovery stage is underway, people who are starting to clear up their homes and premises in Formartine are looking for plastic storage boxes; de-humidifiers; mops; buckets; plastic gloves and antibacterial hand wash.

No more donations of bedding; clothin,; shoes; food or toiletries are required for the time being.

Donations can be handed in to Ellon Library, Station Road, Ellon for distribution to Ellon and the surrounding area. Donations can also be handed into the British Legion in Inverurie for people in the Garioch area.

In addition, weekly drop in sessions for residents affected by the flooding in Garioch will be run by the Scottish Flood Forum and the first is on Thursday, January 14, in Port Elphinstone Community House from 12noon-5pm and Kemnay Village Hall from 6pm-9pm.