Flood advice centre in Stonehaven will be open on Monday
23rd December 2012
Aberdeenshire Council, Grampian Police, Sepa, NHS Grampian and Grampian Fire and Rescue Services have been working since the early hours of this morning on various flooding issues across the region.
Worst affected was Stonehaven where people were evacuated from their homes following the River Carron bursting its banks this morning.
Around 40 people were evacuated to the rest centre at Mackie Academy. All of them have now found alternative accommodation and the rest centre is being stood down as a result.
Fire and rescue services have acquired a high volume pump to remove most of the water that is still around the High Street and Arduthie Terrace area and hope to be in a position to scale back their operation within the next hour.
As yet there have been no reports of any serious injuries as a result of the flooding.
Aberdeenshire Council have arranged for the Scottish Flood Forum to host a drop in advice centre in Stonehaven tomorrow to provide advice and support to people affected by flooding. The advice centre will run from council’s housing office in Allardice Street from 9.30am to 4.00pm.
Aberdeenshire Council will also be distributing leaflets to as many households as possible in the affected area tomorrow advising them of what to do and with contact numbers to call should they need help or advice. The same advice is available on Aberdeenshire Council www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/flooding and Sepa website http://www.sepa.org.uk/flooding/dealing_with_a_flood.aspx
Grampian Police are continuing to work closely with partners in Stonehaven and elsewhere in the area in response to the extreme weather. Additional police officers have been drafted in and will be patrolling in Stonehaven overnight, offering additional support and assistance where it is needed.
There is a low risk to public health but with sewage in the flood water good hygiene is extremely important. Anyone who has come in to contact with the flood water should thoroughly wash their hands in running water using liquid soap.
Temperatures are expected to drop below zero tonight therefore Aberdeenshire Council gritters are already out treating all priority routes. They will be out again early tomorrow morning.
The surface water and debris from this weekend’s weather coupled with the freezing conditions will lead to difficult driving conditions tomorrow. Drivers are urged to take care and drive appropriate to the conditions.
There has been damage to some roads across Aberdeenshire and in particular The road link from Hatton Farm Gardens to the remainder of the village is closed. The roads team is currently assessing the damage there and considering potential temporary solutions while the road is closed.
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