North-east on flood alert

The high-level River Ythan at Ellon.
The high-level River Ythan at Ellon.

River levels throughout the North-east are being closely monitored as the persistent rain of the last few days shows now sign of easing.

Flood alerts are in place for the Aberdeenshire and Aberdeen City region and specific warnings have been issued for Maryculter, Kintore, Inverurie, Ballater and Aberdeen at the River Dee.

The Kintore to Fintray road was badly affected by flooding as the Don burst its banks.

The Kintore to Fintray road was badly affected by flooding as the Don burst its banks.

Sandbags are available from the local authorities for residents who require them. In Aberdeen, these are available from the West Tullos Depot.

Aberdeenshire Council is making around 700 sandbags available today at their depot on Harlaw Way and sandbags will also be deposited at key areas in Port Elphinstone where it is felt there is the greatest risk of flooding.

There are a number of road closures in the region due to flooding.

They are: A93 Ballater to Braemar due to the closure of the Invercauld Bridge. There is no access from Tomintoul into Braemar

A937 at Marykirk

A93 one mile east of Crathie due to the road being washed away. Alternative route between Ballater and Crathie via B976 South Deeside Road

Mill of Steirn to Ballater long term closure due to damage

B974 Banchory to Fettercairn

B976 between Strachan and Feughside Inn

B976 South Deeside Road at Inchmarnoch between Ballater and Dinnet

B977 Fintray to Kintore

B979 Netherley Road at Maryculter Bridge

B979 between Hatton of Fintray and Blackburn

B993 between Inverurie and Whiterashes

B9005 Methlick to Ythanbank

B9015 Kingston to Garmouth, Moray

B9077 South Deeside Road between Leggart Terrace and the junction with the B979

Others are passable with care:

Unclassified Kingsfield Road Kintore to Kinellar

A980 Alford to B9119 road at Craigievar Hall

A97 at Lumsden

A944 Strathdon to Colnabaichin between Corgarff and Bellabeg.

The North Deeside Road is also affected by standing water, particularly between Dinnet and Banchory and drivers are urged to drive with care.