Fresh flood fears in N-east

Persistent rain for the last six days shows no sign of easing.
Persistent rain for the last six days shows no sign of easing.
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Prolonged heavy rain and strong winds have triggered renewed flood fears in the North-east.

Schools have been closed and travel disrupted as persistent rain for six days shows no sign of coming to an end.

The areas currently most at risk are Inverurie, Port Elphinstone, Kintore, Huntly and Stonehaven.

Several schools have had to close in Aberdeenshire because of the adverse weather and the Inverurie to Oldmeldrum road has been shut due to flooding.

Meanwhile, Scottish Liberal Democrat Alison McInnes has said the Scottish Government must offer additional staffing and emergency support resources to help agencies in the North-east bracing themselves for further flooding.

The North East Scotland MSP said: “This morning SEPA updated many flood warnings for the North-east. The most significant change relates to Inverurie where SEPA warns that housing, the waste water treatment works and the railway are all at significant risk of inundation.

“Aberdeenshire Council and local agencies have been on an emergency footing for an extended period of time now, tackling quite unprecedented levels of flooding in multiple locations.

“I urge the Scottish Government to offer additional staffing and emergency support resources to the region to help the council, agencies and communities cope.”