Flood clean-up continues

Aberdeenshire Council is continuing to work with communities affected by flooding across the area as preparations get underway to mark the new year.

A great deal of work has already been undertaken by Aberdeenshire Council, partners, individuals and community groups over the past few days to tackle the impact of heavy rain and flooding.

Among the areas most badly affected was Stonehaven. Discussions regarding the ongoing clear-up, and preparations for Hogmanay events, were held by the town’s recovery group this afternoon (Thu, Dec 27).

The group, which includes representatives of a number of community bodies, has agreed to set up a flood relief fund to provide assistance to those in Stonehaven who have found themselves in financial hardship because of the floods. Further details of the fund will be made available in due course.

Any remaining gift donations can be left at Stonehaven Town Hall and the furniture store in Cowie Lane is now operational for those requiring either short or long-term assistance. It is being managed by the South Aberdeenshire Tenant Resident Association, which can be contacted at satra@talktalk.net

A flood advice centre, operated by the Scottish Flood Forum, has been set up at Aberdeenshire Council’s housing office in Allardyce Street, Stonehaven.

It will be open from 10am and 2pm on Thursday, January 3, and from 9.30am until 4pm every Monday for the next two months.

Efforts are also underway to clear the parade route for the annual Fireballs event. Views of the parade from the High Street are expected to be largely unaffected, although capacity at the harbour will be limited due to recent storm damage. Preparations are also continuing for the town’s Hogmanay party.

Monitoring of the Bervie Braes is continuing, but there are currently no significant concerns with the lower braes. Three minor slips on the upper braes, above the road, are being monitored.

Kincardine and Mearns Area Manager William Munro said: “The recovery group held a very constructive meeting this afternoon. As well as looking at the short-term efforts to clear-up the town, it was agreed that a flood relief fund should be created to help those in greatest financial difficulty.

“The response to appeals for public support, both in terms of volunteering and the donation of furniture and gifts, has been overwhelming and I would like to thank everybody who has provided help during this time.”

Elsewhere across Aberdeenshire various issues across the area have been reported to the council’s Contact Centre and are currently being assessed by roads and flooding teams.

Any works required as a result will be prioritised alongside other competing demands and added to works programmes as appropriate.

A temporary pedestrian bridge has today (Thu, Dec 27) been completed at Hatton, following damage to the village’s road bridge at the weekend.

Diversions continue to be in place, and residents are advised that it will be several months before vehicular and permanent pedestrian access will be restored across the burn.

Clearance efforts are now complete at Monymusk and Marykirk, with remaining debris at Fettercairn in the process of being removed. An initial clear up is well underway at Murison Drive in Rosehearty.

The B9077 South Deeside Road (Mill Inn to Leggart Terrace) is currently closed at Banchory Devenick. A diversion is in place via Milltimber Brae, A93 North Deeside Drive and A90 Anderson Drive.

The Mill of Leask Bridge at Leask, near Ellon, is to remain closed for the medium term to allow for a full investigation of damage to determine the most appropriate course of action.

All those undertaking or supporting flood clear-up efforts are advised to take sensible precautions. Basic hygiene measures are considered to be appropriate:

Wear suitable footwear (e.g. rubber boots) and rubber gloves in areas affected by flooding and when clearing flood waste

Clean footwear and rubber gloves after use

Wash hands thoroughly and regularly

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.

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.

For weather forecast information visit www.metoffice.gov.uk or for their weather app go to www.metoffice.gov.uk/services/weather.

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