Continuing from yesterdays weather alert with Amber warnings from the Met Office & SEPA for heavy rain and flooding, Grampian Strategic Co-ordinating Group (SGC) are today urging homeowners previously affected by flooding to consider any action they can take to protect property.
The Met Office Amber “be prepared” alert, predicting five to eight centimetres of rain would fall on the North-east in the space of 24 hours. The alert remains in place until midnight tonight. SEPA have updated their floor warning to a flood alert with River North Esk near Marykirk being at risk of flooding low lying areas next to the river.
Public services in Aberdeenshire are working with Angus Council to deal with weather related issues in North Angus, with the A937 Laurencekirk to Montrose road closed at Marykirk.
Other roads affected but currently passable with care include the
- A90 Laurencekirk to Stonehaven
- A93 Ballater to Braemar
- A957 Crathes to Stonehaven (Slug Road)
- A92 Stonehaven to St Cyrus
- A944 Aberdeen to Westhill
- A96 Aberdeen to Inverurie at the bottom of Forrit Brae.
Given the forecast, drivers can reasonably expect to encounter heavy surface/standing water on many routes and should drive at a suitable speed for the conditions All householders in areas previously affected by flooding during heavy rain who believe their properties may be at risk should prepare to protect their property.
Aberdeenshire Council is monitoring weather conditions and river levels across the area.
In particular, officers are closely monitoring the River Carron in Stonehaven where river levels have risen. Sand bags have been deployed in the town centre and near the River Carron. They can also be picked up from the roads depot just off Kirkton Road. Temporary barriers to deflect flood flows are also now in place.
Pupils from Mearns Academy who normally use Stagecoach Services to St Cyrus, Auchenblae and Edzell Woods were sent home on their buses today at 12.30pm due to deteriorating road conditions.
The Council is also closely monitoring the situation in Huntly but at present the risk of flooding there is low.
Aberdeenshire Council’s head of roads and landscape services, Philip McKay, said
We have officers on the ground monitoring the situation closely at the moment and we do have concerns about the water levels in some areas. Those who have previously been affected by flooding should be particularly vigilant and take steps to prepare. The council is working on the ground with colleagues from Grampian Fire and Rescue Service and Grampian Police, and is providing support locally, but residents should take all reasonable precautions.
Chief Inspector Janice Innes added
We are working closely with our partners to monitor the situation and would encourage members of the public to be vigilant at this time.