No let-up in North-east rainfall

Fire crews pumping out water from properties in Port Elphinstone
Fire crews pumping out water from properties in Port Elphinstone
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The North-east is continuing to bear the brunt of the continuous rain which has fallen for several days and caused widespread flooding.

The impact has been felt in the Garioch this week with Inverurie and Kintore the latest communities to be affected by the persistent rainfall.

An abandoned car lies in flood water under the rail bridge on the Inverurie-Keithhall road.

An abandoned car lies in flood water under the rail bridge on the Inverurie-Keithhall road.

Rising levels on the Don saw rest centres opened in Kintore Public Hall and Inverurie Academy on Sunday night, with one property in Kintore being hit by flooding.

Flood water in low-lying areas of Port Elphinstone forced the evacuation on Monday night of a number of residents in Canal Road and Crescent. Rest centres were re-opened during the evening.

A further 2,000 sandbags were available at the council depot on Harlaw Way, Inverurie, with more

sandbags being placed in key areas of Port Elphinstone and Kintore.

Aberdeenshire Council chief executive Jim Savege said: “The ongoing rainfall is causing challenges for a number of our communities, but the support being provided by the emergency services, partner agencies and

public volunteers and groups continues to be first class.

“We are conscious of those who have been directly affected by flooding or the impact of damage to roads and bridges and I would like to assure people that we will be looking to carry out repairs as a matter of priority as soon as conditions allow.”

Assessments of routes and structures damaged by Storm Frank have been undertaken and plans for repairs are being developed.

Motorists are being urged to respect road closure signs that are in place on a number of routes across the area, both for their own safety and that of others.