Residents and businesses encouraged to put flood precautions in place

8am, Monday 5th October:
After a very wet weekend, ongoing partnership working with the emergency services and continued monitoring of water levels last night, the majority of SEPA flood warnings across Aberdeenshire are no longer in place. Some road closures may remain until routes are assessed as safe and fully operational, and those in high risk areas where flood warnings remain should remain vigilant and take steps to continue to protect your property. Updated details at: https://floodline.sepa.org.uk/floodupdates/

Aberdeenshire Council Chief Executive Jim Savege commended the community effort to help protect communities across Aberdeenshire during a particularly turbulent weekend of weather.

He said: “Our teams continue to go the extra mile to help protect our communities, working alongside our local resilience partners, assessing risk, monitoring issues throughout the night and liaising with contractors. Communities have really pulled together too and this all helps to mitigate against the impact of these unprecedented weather events. Thanks to all who have been working hard throughout.”

Individuals can register for future local flood alerts on SEPA’s website at: https://floodline.sepa.org.uk/floodupdates/ Private properties and businesses should ensure they are as prepared as they can be to mitigate against future adverse weather events. For more advice about preparing for and dealing with emergencies, visit: https://ready.scot/


4pm, Sunday 4th October:
The full list of locations where sand bags are now available for collection by local residents are:

• Kintore – Public Hall, School Road
• Ellon – Roads Depot, Hospital Road
• Kemnay – Birley Bush Depot
• Inverurie – Harlaw Repair Depot 

1pm, Sunday 4th October:

Aberdeenshire Council teams continue to monitor river levels across the area, with expected peaks throughout this afternoon and this evening.

Communities in Ballater, Kemnay, Kintore, Inverurie and Ellon in particular should remain vigilant, taking steps to protect your property where possible. We continue to work alongside partners and full details of who does what and where to go to for help if you need it is available at: https://www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/media/22905/floodingrolesandresponsibilitiespdf.pdf
 
Flood warnings remain in place for a number of areas across Aberdeenshire and full details of these are available on SEPA’s website at: https://floodline.sepa.org.uk/floodupdates/

Sandbags are available for collection for local residents in Kemnay from the Birley Bush Depot and in Inverurie from the Harlaw Repair Depot. Collection points are supported by local community flood groups and additional area collection points will be added where necessary.

Flood defences along the riversides in affected areas are working well. Contractors are on site in Kemnay equipped with pumps to ensure the expected impacts are mitigated against as far as is reasonably practical. We continue to monitor the situation in areas across Aberdeenshire in partnership with SEPA, Police Scotland and the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service, supporting community-led local resilience groups where necessary. 

Road closures are in place in a number of areas, including Keithhall Road in Inverurie and the B977 between Kintore and Hatton of Fintray. Please take extra care if you are travelling today. 

8.30am, Sunday 4th October:
Flood warnings are now in place for parts of Kemnay, Inverurie and Turriff as well as those highlighted for Aberdeenshire yesterday: Stonehaven, Kintore, Ballater, Huntly and Maryculter. Full details are available on SEPA’s website at: https://floodline.sepa.org.uk/floodupdates/

A temporary barrier has been put in place at Kembhill Park in Kemnay and local teams are continuing to monitor water levels and taking steps to close roads and offer advice to residents where necessary. Engineers are carrying out safety checks at various bridges across the Rivers Don, Deveron and North Esk. Water levels are expected to remain high throughout the day and a shifting, prolonged pattern of weather is likely to continue to cause disruption to travel.

Aberdeenshire Council has an obligation to maintain roads and undertake certain emergency responses in the event of flooding but this does not extend to private property. When flooding is forecast, residents and businesses should take steps to protect their own property from flooding.

Please take extra care and avoid unnecessary travel, and put in place any property level protection measures you may have if you are in a high risk area. Advice and information is available through Floodline on 03459881188 in addition to SEPA’s website. 

8pm, Saturday 3rd October:
Local Resilience Partnership agencies are continuing to work together to monitor water levels locally and ensure emergency response arrangements are in place. Local Flood Wardens are liaising closely with residents in Stonehaven to prepare and other teams are on standby should they be required.

In addition to Stonehaven, flood warnings are now in place for parts of Kintore, Ballater and Huntly, and full details are available on SEPA’s website at: https://floodline.sepa.org.uk/floodupdates/

Those who have properties in these high risk areas should put in place any property level protection measures you may already have to hand. We would advise against any unnecessary travel while the flood warnings remain in place until 6am tomorrow.  

4pm, Saturday 3rd October:We are continuing to work alongside our Local Resilience Partners, including Police Scotland and SEPA with advice from the MET Office and other partners. We are keeping a particularly close eye on Stonehaven where a flood warning has now been issued. All other communities should remain vigilant and we will provide further community updates as risk is monitored and as required. 

12noon, Saturday 3rd October: Aberdeenshire Council is encouraging residents and businesses in the Stonehaven area to put flood measures in place as a precaution against the severe weather expected this afternoon and over night. 

An Amber weather warning from the Met Office covering most parts of Aberdeenshire has now been extended until 6am on Sunday (4 October) morning. It is expected that the Stonehaven area will experience high impacts of rising water levels. The Flood Barriers have been erected at the River Carron to mitigate against this. Extra sandbags are being prepared and these are available for residents and business owners to collect from Kirkton Roads Depot in the town. 

It is hoped this concerted effort will help to protect properties in the area. Council officers continue to monitor the situation across Aberdeenshire and will provide updates to all communities as necessary. 

Across Aberdeenshire, it is noted heavy and persistent rainfall could cause other localised flooding and disruption to travel. There is a strong possibility that some communities may be cut off by flooded roads and with high winds as well as heavy rain expected in some areas, driving conditions are already hazardous and worsening. Please take extra care. 

When flooding is forecast, residents and businesses should take steps to protect their own property from flooding. Aberdeenshire Council has an obligation to maintain roads and undertake certain emergency responses in the event of flooding but this does not extend to private property.

You should stay informed about flood alerts and warnings from SEPA here: http://floodline.sepa.org.uk/floodupdates/ and prepare by following the advice here: https://floodlinescotland.org.uk/your-home/