Relief as rain finally stops

The fast-flowing River Dee at Banchory on Thursday morning.
The fast-flowing River Dee at Banchory on Thursday morning.

Communities on Deeside have been breathing a sigh of relief as the persistent rain of the last two days eased off.

The Scottish Environment Protection Agency issued a flood alert for Aberdeenshire on Wednesday as the heavy downpour showed no sign of relenting.

It raised concerns in communities along the River Dee of a repeat of the severe floods caused by Storm Frank at the end of last year.

But there were no reports of overnight flooding on Deeside, although this morning a number of minor roads in the North-east were closed.

Sandbags were delivered to some residents in Peterculter as a precaution due to the rising level of the local burn.