Coastal flooding prompts evacuations in Stonehaven and Peterhead
15th December 2012
Severe weather across Grampian overnight has resulted in the evacuation of a number of residents in Stonehaven and Peterhead.
Residents of The Meadows Care Home in Huntly are also on standby to be evacuated if necessary.
Around 25 people in Stonehaven, including residents of Turner’s Court and Hanover Court sheltered housing units, have been evacuated overnight in response to coastal flooding.
St Bridget’s Hall in Stonehaven is being provided as a rest centre for the evacuated residents while the situation is monitored.
Up to 30 people have been evacuated from properties in the Roanheads area of Peterhead as a result of coastal flooding. Some have gone to friends and family while accommodation is being provided at The Palace Hotel for others.
High tide has now passed at both Stonehaven and Peterhead and it has been assessed that the risks of further flooding have reduced.
The emergency services and Aberdeenshire Council are working closely with the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) to keep the situation under constant review.
The emergency response is being managed by the Grampian Strategic Coordinating Group, made up of a number of organisations including Aberdeenshire Council, Grampian Police, Grampian Fire and Rescue Service, SEPA and the Scottish Ambulance Service.
Area Manager for Kincardine and Mearns, Willie Munro, said: “Trained council staff and emergency services personnel are on hand at St Bridget’s Hall to provide support for the people who have been evacuated.
“High tide in Stonehaven has passed and, while we continue to monitor the levels of the River Carron closely, there are currently no concerns that the river will flood.”
Area Manager for Marr, Les Allan, said: “The council and emergency services are on standby in Huntly. Residents and staff at The Meadows care home have been informed on the situation and are prepared to be evacuated if necessary.
“Residents of the two Community Integrated Care (CIC) specialist care units have been evacuated as a precautionary measure.
“Water levels of the River Deveron are expected to peak at 9am, but the latest assessment shows a lesser risk that the river will flood.
“The Grampian SCG is keeping the situation under review.”
For more information on Aberdeenshire Council’s guidelines and response flooding, go to: www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/flooding.
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