Latest news for Aboyne and Ballater

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Latest forecasts by SEPA and the Met Office show the flood risk across the north-east is falling as river levels begin to drop, although rain is due to continue over the coming days.

In terms of flood risk, no issues are expected over the next few days as river levels have now peaked and are slowly falling.

In Ballater, all remaining residents being accommodated at the Victoria Barracks are expected to be moved to alternative accommodation on Thursday.

And in Aboyne, the evacuated from Bonty Court sheltered housing and Allachburn care home will remain in alternative accommodation for the meantime until the impact of rainfall expected at the end of the week is known.

Officers from Police Scotland are continuing to support recovery efforts in the Deeside area, and the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service is also continuing to provide local support where required.

Plans are now in place for the repair of a number of key routes and structures damaged by the recent severe weather as communities across the north-east begin their recovery.

Chief Executive of Aberdeenshire Council Jim Savege said: “Despite the ongoing weather challenges we’ve made good steps forward with our partners in terms of carrying out repairs to re-open key transport routes.

“We’ve also been speaking with local businesses in Aboyne and Ballater to look at how we can support their recovery.

“We’ve had positive discussions with the Scottish Government over access to funding to help us progress repairs, and we will be having ongoing conversations about how we can help minimise flood risk in a number of communities in the future.”

Aberdeenshire Council engineers have been working with the owners of Abergeldie Castle to look at options to help protect the historic building being claimed by the River Dee.

The authority will also be providing advice to owners of other properties that lie close to the river.