Grampian flooding response update Friday 8 January 2016
Police Scotland has been co-ordinating the multi-agency response to flooding in the north-east since the arrival of Storm Frank on 30 December and we continue to assist with the recovery, particularly in Deeside following the bad weather.
Police, other emergency services and partners have responded to a large number of incidents over the past 24 hours in Donside, Deeside and Aberdeen city with a number of properties having to be evacuated and people rescued.
Throughout this period of adverse weather, the priority for police and partners has been to ensure the safety of the public. With this in mind, police declared the weather events of Thursday 7 January into Friday 8 January 2016 a major incident.
Weather conditions are expected to remain challenging, with freezing temperatures, snow and rain making driving conditions hazardous. Local authorities have gritting plans in place; however the public are advised that gritting may not be as effective as normal due to the current weather conditions and to travel with extreme caution. Police are advising the public only to travel if essential.
Chief Superintendent Campbell Thomson, Divisional Commander for North East Division said
Over the past 24 to 48 hours, and indeed the past week, we have responded to a number of flooding incidents and co-ordinated the multi-agency response to the adverse weather.
A major incident was declared due to the severity of the warnings in place and the potential for serious impact on communities. Our focus over the past 36 hours has been the Donside area, Keith to Huntly, Turriff, Inverurie, Kintore, Ellon and into Aberdeen including Riverside Drive and the Grandholm area. Additionally, we continue to support the recovery effort in Deeside, specifically in the Ballater and Braemar area, following the impact of Storm Frank.
A number of roads throughout the region remain closed and I want to remind the public of the need to travel with extreme caution. With freezing temperatures expected, conditions will be hazardous and you should only travel if essential. Do not drive or walk through flood water as man-hole covers may have lifted and there may also be structural damage. Road closures are put in place to protect public safety and ignoring these puts you at risk as well as the emergency services.
I want to acknowledge the tremendous efforts of emergency services and partners and indeed the community in the way they have responded to the prolonged adverse weather which is some of the worst conditions we have seen for many years.
Further update in relation to rest centres, numbers evacuated and road closures, which is a dynamic situation, will follow in due course.