Flooding alert on Deeside

Emergency services and Aberdeenshire Council have been dealing with flooding on Deeside.

Three houses were evacuated in Ballater and a rest centre was opened.

The situation is being closely monitoring in Aboyne, where there is a risk of flooding.

A rest centre was put on standby but so far has not been needed.

More rain and strong gales are expected again tonight and into tomorrow morning with the possibility of more flooding in Ballater and Aboyne in the early hours.

Some properties may have to be evacuated.

A council spokesman said: “Emergency services and Aberdeenshire Council have been preparing for this and rest centres will open again if there is a need to evacuate people from their homes.

“The rest centres will be at Victoria and Albert Halls in Ballater and Aboyne Academy.”

Sandbags are available at various points in both Ballater and Aboyne as well as the roads depots in both communities.

The spokesman added: “We would like to thank all those involved in keeping people safe across Aberdeenshire today in what are very difficult conditions.

“We would urge people to be sensible and if going out tonight to keep an eye on the weather and plan your journey home.”

There is advice on Aberdeenshire Council website on how to prepare for flooding at http://bit.ly/evacuationplanning