Coordinating group urges residents to take flooding precautions

Following weather warnings and heavy rain throughout the north east, residents and motorists are being urged to consider precautionary action.

Grampian Strategic Co-ordinating Group (SGC) in particular is encouraging those previously affected by flooding to consider any action they can take to protect property.

The Met Office has issued an 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.

A number of roads in south Aberdeenshire and on Deeside are affected by flooding and standing water.

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, the A93 Ballater to Braemar, A957 Crathes to Stonehaven (Slug Road), A92 Stonehaven to St Cyrus, A944 Aberdeen to Westhill and 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.