07 December 2021

Storm Arwen/Barra public update 7.12.21

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Latest resilience and service information – Storm Arwen/Storm Barra


As the recovery from Storm Arwen continues, council services and partner organisations are ready to respond to any impacts caused by Storm Barra. Two weather warnings and a flood alert are currently in place:


Yellow warning for snow: Heavy snow is expected across northern parts of Britain, including inland areas of Aberdeenshire from around 3pm onwards. Travel disruption is likely, particularly on higher routes. The warning runs until midnight tonight (Tue).


Yellow warning for wind: High winds are expected across much of the UK, particularly affecting coastal areas, including Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire from about 6pm onwards. Gusts could reach up to 70mph and the warning runs until midnight tonight (Tue).


Flood alert for Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire: SEPA has issued a flood alert for potential coastal, river and surface flooding in Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire over the course of today and into tomorrow.


Further detail on the incoming weather warnings and flood warnings can be found on the Met Office website and SEPA websites.  


It has been an incredibly difficult time for everybody over the past week or so, and everybody’s resilience has been tested. If the storm hits your community hard, please continue to look after each other.


Resilience partners are already meeting to see what can be done in advance of this new weather front and working together when it arrives. The Aberdeenshire assistance line can provide help for anyone who needs advice on 0808 196 3384 8.45am-5pm.


Out of hours numbers


·         Housing repairs:    03456 08 12 03

·         Homelessness:       03456 08 12 06

·         Social work:             03456 08 12 06


The latest information on school opening arrangements can be found at https://online.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/Apps/schools-closures/


Some impacts from Arwen are still being felt in our forest and parks. This update from Forestry and Land Scotland is a useful guide to their advice. As highlighted previously, please avoid forests and wooded areas as work continues to stabilise them.


Scottish Water and SSEN have priority service support available. You can sign up to the register to get priority water and power through the PSR Scotland website: The Priority Services Register in ScotlandHomepage - The Priority Services Register in Scotland (psrscotland.com)


If anybody still remains without power, they should call 105 as soon as possible. The latest information from SSEN can be found at www.facebook.com/ssencommunity/


Advice on how to stay safe is also available from Ready Scotland, including: 


·         Securing lose outdoor objects around your property, like guttering, pipes, roof tiles and fences

·         Safely checking if friends or neighbours need any help, remembering to follow Covid safety guidance

·         If you must travel, giving yourself extra time…take a winter car kit…a warm jacket, boots and a blanket

·         Taking care by the coast as there may be large waves and spray

·         Being aware of snow and ice on high ground

·         Where possible, parking away from trees and walls

·         Keeping a supply of essential food and bottled water for your family and pets

·         Looking out for Police Scotland advice on any travel restrictions

·         Checking SEPA for flooding alerts


Welfare centres and community facilities


Unless otherwise stated, all locations listed below are offering showers for residents without power, WiFi, and mobile/device charging at no cost. 


Deveron Centre, Banff:                07:00-20:00 (Tue); 07:00-21:00 (Wed)

Fraserburgh Sports & Community Centre: 07:00-21.30 (Tue/Wed)



Peterhead Community Centre: 07:00-21:00 (from 09:00 on Tue) (Tue/Wed)

MACBI, Mintlaw:                             10:00-15:00 (Tue/Wed) Hot food, drinks to anyone without power



Balmedie Leisure Centre:            09:00-20:00 (Tue/Wed) Hot food until 4pm

Ellon Community Campus:         06:00-21:00 (Tue/Wed)

Turriff Swimming Pool:                07:00-12:30 and 15:00-21:00 (Tue/Wed)



Inverurie Community Campus: 06:00-21:30 (Tue/Wed)

Westhill Swimming Pool:            09:30-21:00 (Tue); 06:00-21:00 (Wed)



Portlethen Swimming Pool:        07:00-21:00 (Tue/Wed)

Stonehaven Leisure Centre:       06:30-21:30 (Tue/Wed)

Mearns Community Campus:     17:00-21:30 (Tue/Wed)



Aboyne Community Centre:       07:00-20:30 (Tue/Wed)

Alford Community Campus:       06:30-21:30 (Wed only)

Banchory Sports Village:             06:00-21:00 (Tue/Wed)

Huntly Swimming Pool:               11:00-19:00 (Tue); 09:00-20:15 (Wed)