Aberdeenshire rallies round after severe floods
24th December 2012
Communities across Aberdeenshire have come together to help the council get towns and villages back on their feet following atrocious weather conditions over the weekend.
Aberdeenshire Council is assessing the damage across the area and has spent the day working with communities on a major clean-up operation.
All residents who required accommodation over Christmas have now been accommodated. The majority of affected residents are staying with friends and family, but where this has not been possible or accommodation was only available for a short period of time, housing staff are working to find suitable temporary accommodation.
Tenants of Turner’s Court and Hanover Court sheltered housing units who were evacuated after last week’s floods continue to be accommodated at Edenholme Care Home.
Dunnotar School has been flooded and contractors are assessing the damage. An update to parents on the arrangements for the new school term will be provided by the end of the week.
Wilf Weir, Head of Education said, "Contractors have responded quickly and are working with us to assess the flood damage to the school. We will provide further advice to parents by the end of week, which will appear on the Aberdeenshire Council website in addition to our Facebook and Twitter pages."
The Bervie Braes are also being monitored, although there are no areas of concern at the present time.
River levels have receded significantly and are almost at normal levels. However these continue to be monitored. The weather outlook is for a band of rain to reach the area between 1200 and 2400 hours. Given that ground conditions are already saturated residents across Aberdeenshire are urged to remain vigilant and take necessary precautions. The situation continues to be monitored.
Residents are also reminded to follow basic fire safety precautions, making sure that boilers are properly serviced before use, candles are properly secured and portable heaters kept well away from flammable materials.
Aberdeenshire Council would like to acknowledge the support of the local community. Members of the public have collected over 1000 items to be distributed to families affected by flooding and volunteers turned out to gift wrap items donated by members of the public, which are being distributed to residents affected by the flooding. Others turned up at the Spurryhillock Depot to assist with the filling of sandbags.
Willie Munro, Area Manager for Kincardine and Mearns said: "It is fantastic that the local community have rallied round to support those in need and we hope that this generous gesture of goodwill will let people know that the whole community is concerned and there to support them.
The immediate priority is that everyone is safe and housed over Christmas and that properties are secured. Residents are advised to continue to be vigilant within their neighbourhoods.
"Our priority for the next few weeks is to help the community to get back on its feet and to make sure that the message is clear to everyone – Stonehaven is open for business. We will work with the organisers of the fireballs to ensure the event goes ahead as planned, as we appreciate the importance of this celebration and will do everything in our power to make sure the fireballs are success they always are."
The Scottish Flood Forum have been offering help and advice to those affected by flooding and will continue to be available for support over the coming weeks.
Although Stonehaven was worst affected by flooding, other areas of Aberdeenshire have been significantly affected. Severe flood levels at Kintore have led to flooding of agricultural land and disruption to roads. The B977 Kintore - Hatton of Fintray road is likely to remain susceptible to flooding and remain closed for the foreseeable future.
Residents in Hatton are being advised to follow diversionary routes after a bridge was damaged in the recent flooding.
Aberdeenshire Council is working hard to provide alternative access to Hatton Farm Gardens after the closure of the bridge linking the estate to the main village and the A90.
Residents are advised that it will be several months before vehicular and permanent pedestrian access will be restored across the burn.
In the meantime, while a temporary pedestrian bridge is erected across the burn, residents are asked not to cross the burn.
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 Aberdeenshire Council webpage http://www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/flooding/index.asp
For flood alerts, go to www.sepa.org.uk.
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