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Multi agency response to significant flooding in Stonehaven

23rd December 2012

Aberdeenshire Council and the emergency services are currently responding to significant flooding in the Stonehaven area of Aberdeenshire.

A multi-agency approach is underway to evacuate residents and a rendezvous point for members of the public has been set up at Market Square in the town. Aberdeenshire Council are transporting people to the rest centre and their staff are on hand there to help people as they arrive.

At this time the effected streets are Low Wood Road, Dunottar Avenue, Bridgefield, Arbuthnott Street, Arbuthnott Place, High Street, Carron Gardens, Carron Terrace.

There are no reports of any injuries at this stage.

A Grampian Police spokesperson said: "As always, our initial focus is to ensure the safety of the wider community and we have deployed a number of additional officers to the area to ensure residents are kept informed of the developing situation and given assistance in relocating from the affected area.

"Residents in affected streets are asked to make their way initially either to Market Square or to the reception centre which has been set up at Mackie Academy. Staff from Aberdeenshire Council are on hand at Mackie Academy to assist members of the public.

"Residents unable to leave their property should remain at a higher level where possible and dial 999.

"At this early stage we would ask those being evacuated to expect it to last between 12-24 hours. Those leaving their property should take any essential personal items they will require – any medication they may need for example – and also ensure that they secure their property when they leave."

"We would ask that residents are patient with us at this time as we attempt to return them to their homes at the earliest opportunity.

"We are working closely with a number of partners at Aberdeenshire Council, SEPA, NHS Grampian, Grampian Fire and Rescue Service and the Scottish Ambulance Service to ensure necessary provisions are put in place for those affected by the evacuation process."

Roads across the North East are badly effected by standing water in particular A96 at the Tyrebagger and Airport roundabout, the south Deeside road, A90 at Foveran/Balmedie and the buchan area including around Mintlaw.

Further updates will be made available through local media, the Aberdeenshire Council Website and Grampian Police/Aberdeenshire Council Facebook and Twitter feeds.

Anyone who requires emergency assistance should dial 999. Non emergency calls to Grampian Police should be made via 0845 600 5 700.

For advice on flooding please visit Aberdenshire Council webpage http://www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/flooding/index.asp



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