Flooding update for Grampian region 31.12.15

Improving weather conditions and falling water levels have seen a number of roads and bridges re-open across the Grampian area as flood relief efforts by a range of agencies continue.

A total of 96 people spent the night in the Victoria Barracks in Ballater last night (Wed), and a number are expected to spend at least a second night there.

Efforts are continuing by Scottish and Southern Energy to inspect and restore power to properties in the town.

Relief efforts have also been continuing in Aboyne, Braemar and Marykirk.

The A93 Aberdeen to Ballater road became passable today but motorists are urged to be cautious given falling temperatures and some damage to and debris on road surfaces.

Road restrictions remaining in place are as follows:

• The B9077 South Deeside Road remains closed between Leggart Terrace in Aberdeen and the Maryculter Bridge

• The A93 between Braemar and Crathie was due to be re-opened this evening.

• The Invercauld Bridge, near Braemar, is passable only to pedestrian traffic

Conditions in Aberdeen have improved and all roads are now open.

Maria Walker, duty emergency response co-ordinator for Aberdeenshire Council, said: “As we enter a period of recovery for those communities affected there is still a great deal of work ahead of us, but improving conditions have allowed agencies to achieve a great deal today.

“The councils, emergency services and communities will continue to provide support in the days and weeks ahead of us but there are a number of infrastructure issues that will take some time to fully recover from.

“On behalf of all the agencies, I would like to thank everybody involved for their continuing efforts in such challenging circumstances.”