Grampian flooding update Monday 4 January 2016

Grampian flooding update Monday 4 January 2016
Further rainfall has affected roads across the Grampian region, with Police Scotland co-ordinating the response to flooding incidents.

Telephone services, including local access to 999 services, has now been restored to the majority of properties in Braemar and Crathie following extensive repairs being carried out by BT. Some members of the public may experience faults on their lines and BT are advising customers to report these faults to them. The temporary communication vehicle in Crathie will remain in the area in order to provide a service to people who may experience faults and until all repairs have been completed.

Aberdeenshire Council has moved residents from Bonty Court in Aboyne as a precaution and its 37 residents have been taken to Aboyne Academy which has been opened as a rest centre. This is due to flooding caused by surface water. Additionally Allachburn Care Home in Aboyne has been evacuated with some residents being moved to Victory Hall, whilst others have arranged alternative accommodation.

Sandbags are available from the local authority for residents who require them. In Aberdeen, these are available from the West Tullos Depot. Aberdeenshire Council is making around 700 sandbags available today at their depot on Harlaw Way and sandbags will also be deposited at key areas in Port Elphinstone where it is felt there is the greatest risk of flooding.

Flood alerts are in place for the Aberdeenshire and Aberdeen City region and specific flood warnings have been issued for Maryculter; Kintore; Inverurie; Ballater and Aberdeen at the River Dee.

Chief Inspector Richard Craig said: "A number of agencies continue to work around the clock in response to the bad weather that the Grampian region has experienced over the last few days.

"We can confirm that telephone service has now been restored to the majority of properties in Braemar and Crathie, including local access to 999 services.

"Further rain is expected over the next few days and a yellow warning has been issued for this.

"We are urging people to obey road closure signs as a number of roads have suffered structural damage. As more rain is expected over the next few days it is likely that already affected roads will need to remain closed for public safety."

Neil Wilson Scottish Hydro Electric Power Distributions Head of Region said: "We are continuing to work with local police teams and SEPA to monitor water levels and to protect any of our equipment that may be exposed to flooding. 

"If a member of the public comes across any damage to our equipment, we would ask them to keep clear and call our 24-hour emergency service centre on 0800 300 999. The same number can also be used to report areas where customers feel our equipment may be at risk from rising waters."

We can advise of the following road restrictions and closures;

Passable with care:

A980 Alford to B9119 road at Craigievar Hall
A97 at Lumsden
A944 Strathdon to Colnabaichin between Corgarff and Bellabeg.
The North Deeside Road is also affected by standing water, particularly between Dinnet and Banchory and drivers are urged to drive with care.

The following roads are CLOSED:
A93 Ballater to Braemar due to the closure of the Invercauld Bridge. There is NO ACCESS from Tomintoul into Braemar.
A937 at Marykirk
A93 one mile east of Crathie due to the road being washed away. Alternative route between Ballater and Crathie via B976 South Deeside Road
Mill of Steirn to Ballater long term closure due to damage.
B974 Banchory to Fettercairn
B976 between Strachan and Feughside Inn.
B976 South Deeside Road at Inchmarnoch between Ballater and Dinnet
B977 Fintray to Kintore
B979 Netherley Road at Maryculter Bridge
B979 between Hatton of Fintray and Blackburn
B993 between Inverurie and Whiterashes
B9005 Methlick to Ythanbank
B9015 Kingston to Garmouth, Moray
B9077 South Deeside Road between Leggart Terrace and the junction with the B979.

Unclassified Kingsfield Road Kintore to Kinellar

Further information about flood alerts and warnings is available from SEPA;