Kintore begins flood clear-up

Clear-up work gets under way after parts of Kintore were flooded.

Clear-up work gets under way after parts of Kintore were flooded.

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Kintore is beginning to recover this week after parts of the community fell victim to the ravages of the River Don.

The town was affected to a lesser extent than Inverurie but residents in a number of properties had to be moved when the river burst its banks last Thursday night.

The Kintore-Fintray road was one of several closed in the area.

The Kintore-Fintray road was one of several closed in the area.

Emergency services and local volunteers organised the evacuation.

Kintore and District Community council chairman Brian Johnstone praised their efforts.

He said: “The damage and disruption will have had a devastating effect on the residents and our thoughts are with them at this time.

“The emergency services and community response has been fantastic as have the volunteers providing assistance with sand-bagging and evacuations.

The damage and disruption will have had a devastating effect on the residents

Brian Johnstone Kintore Community Council Chairman

“The team at the Public Hall have done a wonderful job in providing a rest centre, teas, coffees and meals as well as managing the donations of materials from supermarkets and helping co-ordinate offer of help with the cleaning up.”

Mr Johnstone added: “The events of the past 10 days will raise many questions to be answered and reviews will need to done on the whole situation across all communities and agencies.

“Kintore Community Council will be starting to prepare a community resilience plan to identify what can be done to help limit future flooding and associated damage as well as a plan for future incidents management.”

East Garioch Councillor Martin Ford described the rainfall levels for the first full week of 2016 as 
“simply unbelievable”.

He said: “Obviously, for those who have been flooded, this is a dreadful experience.

“Many Aberdeenshire Council staff have been involved in helping those affected, and have made tremendous efforts. I would like to thank all those who have been helping in the emergency.

“In terms of repair work, for example to damaged council roads and bridges, this is clearly going to take some time. I certainly welcome the help announced by central government.”

The floods closed a number of roads in the Kintore area.