Unpaid work teams help flood clear-up

Council teams are being assisted in flood clear-up work by people completing unpaid work orders.
Council teams are being assisted in flood clear-up work by people completing unpaid work orders.
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People completing Unpaid Work Orders in Aberdeenshire have been helping council staff to clear up following the severe flooding in parts of the region.

They have been assisting landscape and waste services in Ellon, Port Elphinstone, Aboyne and Maryculter.

During the height of the flooding, the Aberdeenshire Unpaid Work Service also helped to transport food, clothing and furniture to affected areas to supply rest centres and households.

In addition, support was also provided to fill sandbags and transport them to storage sites for distribution.

Ongoing work is taking place at Port Elphinstone to sweep and clear the river bank pathways and the team will also carry out similar work in Ellon and Ballater as well as assisting in the restoration of garden areas in care homes.

Chair of the council’s social work and housing committee Councillor Anne Allan said: “The unpaid work team can offer valuable assistance especially at times like these when communities need to recover quickly from flooding.

“The collaboration with wider council services involved in the response to flooding as well as flood prevention is a valuable addition to resources.

“I know the businesses, organisations and people that have received support to clear up will join me in thanking the team for the work carried out and I encourage people to get in touch if they have a project the team can work on.”

Aberdeenshire Unpaid Work Service regularly undertakes work across the area to community centres, village halls, care homes and churches.