Stonehaven flood defences mobilised

Flood alleviation works are ongoing at the Carron.
Flood alleviation works are ongoing at the Carron.

Stonehaven was on high alert on Sunday night as the River Carron rose to worrying levels while the country was battered by Hurrican Bertha.

Amidst driving rain and high winds, Aberdeenshire Council deployed staff to erect flood gates at 11.30pm on Sunday, and flood wardens were mobilised to warn those living in potentially affected areas of the imminent danger of flooding.

The measures were taken as a precaution, after many homes and properties suffered flooding in 2009 and 2012.

While no offical warning was issued for the area, there was a flood alert and residents were told that the biggest danger would be between 3 and 4am on Monday, when the river was expected to peak.

Luckily for those in Stonehaven, the town escaped any serious damage.

However, parts of Aberdeenshire were not so fortunate, with Huntly and Ballater amongst areas worst affected.

In Huntly, local care homes were evacuated to the town’s Jubilee Hospital on Monday as a precaution, and a rest centre set up at the Linden Centre. Care home residents were due to return to their facilities that evening.

In Ballater, the town’s caravan park was evacuated, affecting around 150 people. The council also provided support for those requiring overnight accommodation.