Stonehaven’s beachfront is under water this afternoon after being battered by huge waves as the tide came in.
High winds and rain have been lashing the area for the last two days.
Residents of the ground floor of Turner Court have been evacuated a rest centre has been set up at Mackie Academy. Businesses and homes along the promenade and which are at risk from coastal flooding have been advised to erect flood gates and pile sandbags to protect their properties.
A Yellow (Be Prepared) Warning remains in place for wind and rain in the Grampian region and agencies will monitor areas of concern throughout the period. The weather is creating high waves at seafront areas as well as localised flooding across the Grampian region.
Many of the region’s rivers are at a higher level than usual and members of the public are advised to avoid any activities which may put their safety at risk including fishing.
Aberdeenshire Council are providing sandbags to residents in the beach area.
Aberdeenshire Council has mobilised officers from multiple services, including roads, housing and the area manager’s office, to tackle some flooding issues in Stonehaven.
Although high tide is now past, officers are continuing to monitor the current situation as well as weather forecasts for the region.
Water and pebbles have come over the sea wall on Stonehaven beachfront and water has reached some distance towards the High Street.
Council officers are standing by to help Police Scotland with any further evacuations which may be required and a minibus is on standby to assist if necessary.
Some properties along the beach have already been taking in water and the council will be keeping a close eye on the situation, including the wind and surge forecast as high tide approaches at 3am.
Kincardine and Mearns Area Manager Willie Munro said: “We are keeping a close eye on the situation and although high tide is now past, we are conscious things can change very rapidly.
“The rest centre is set up and available should it be required and additional sandbags are currently being dropped off in the locality of coastal flooding for anyone who needs them.”