Fettercairn burn bursts its banks

Heavy rain caused problems in Fettercairn last week as the Cauldcots Burn overflowed in the Mearns village causing some flooding.

Thursday, 23rd July 2015, 7:00 am
Hay bales at Parkview and properties down Burnside Road (Picture by Andy Hayes)
Hay bales at Parkview and properties down Burnside Road (Picture by Andy Hayes)

Flood warnings were triggered at the burn early Friday morning after heavy rain.

Burnside Road in the village had to be closed due to the overflowing burn with diversions being set up.

Aberdeenshire council tweeted that the road was closed. They said: “Road update: Burnside Rd in Fettercairn is closed due to breached riverbank. Local diversions for small vehicles. HGVs advised to avoid.”

Water flowing through Burnside Cottage Garden (Picture by Andy Hayes)

Andy Hayes of the Fettercairn Flood Resilience Group said: “By the time I got to the Royal Arch (10:47am) the water was hitting the wooden bridges in Burnside Road and flowing into the road. The road had been signposted as closed at this point.

“Water was also seeping through the gabions into the road in several places. A local farmer had started to position hay bales in strategic places to prevent water getting into Parkview and a few houses in Burnside Road.

“I continued down Burnside Road until I reached Burnside Cottages (11:20am) where both overflows combined and flooded the 
whole road.”

The water started to recede just before noon on Friday with the gauge on the burn back to a normal state around 2pm.

Hay bales at Parkview and properties down Burnside Road (Picture by Andy Hayes)

Andy added: “It was pointed out to me that the area by the distillery bridge that the section that had collapsed in the early part of the year was eroding further. I checked it out and reported it to the council as some protection to the road users was required.”