Payments begin for flood victims

The floods forced the evacuation of residents from streets in Port Elphinstone.
The floods forced the evacuation of residents from streets in Port Elphinstone.

Payments of £1500 are being made to people affected by the recent severe flooding.

Firefighters from various stations took part in the all-day fundraiser day with a non-stop queue of vehicles.

Firefighters from various stations took part in the all-day fundraiser day with a non-stop queue of vehicles.

More than 300 households and businesses across the region have registered for the Scottish Government Relief Fund since it was announced last week.

Aberdeenshire Council is administering the fund on behalf of the Scottish Government. It is one of a range of initiatives announced to support individuals and communities during the recovery period.

Council chief executive Jim Savege said: “We have seen a fantastic effort over the past few weeks, with communities coming together to support those whose homes and businesses have been devastated by the floods.

“Our aim is to process the claims as quickly as possible so the money can be put to good use.

We have seen a fantastic effort over the past few weeks with communities coming together

Jim Savege Aberdeenshire Council Chief Executive

“We have already received 300 registrations, but we
believe there are more
people and businesses who
are eligible so I would encourage them to register at floodrelief@aberdeenshire.gov.uk as soon as
possible.”

Meanwhile, community support is continuing in the Garioch and Formartine for residents recovering from the flooding.

A car wash at Inverurie fire station on Saturday collected around £3800 so far.

Flood-Aid North East, established by volunteers in conjunction with the charity Inverurie Events, is holding two fund-raising music events - tonight (Thursday) and on Saturday.

This evening’s variety concert will be in the Acorn Centre at 7pm and Saturday’s at the Garioch Sports Centre at 7.30 for an 8pm start.

Tickets are free for both events, but those attending will be invited to make a donation to the Flood-Aid fund.

Inverurie Rotary Glee Club members are arranging a variety concert in Inverurie Town Hall on Friday, February 19, at 7.30pm.

It is hoped the fundraiser could bring in between £5000 and £10,000 to support local flood victims.

Roger Langtree, one of the organisers, said tickets priced £10 are now on sale.

They can be obtained from any Glee Club members and will also be available at the town hall on Saturday, January 30, and Saturday, February 6, from 10am until noon.