Police Scotland flooding update

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As rain continues to fall across the Grampian region, Police Scotland is co-ordinating the preparation and response to flooding issues.

A flood alert is in place across Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire and a flood warning is specifically in place for Ballater, the River Don in Kintore and the River Dee in Aberdeen.

In Ballater, the flood warning has been issued as a precaution although river levels are not expected to reach those experienced during Storm Frank. Some river banks have been damaged which may allow flooding at lower levels than in normal circumstances, SEPA have advised.

BT remain in Braemar and Crathie to repair telephone cabling that has been damaged and to restore local access to 999 services. It is hoped that 999 services will be restored this afternoon and further updates will issued when available. Temporary cover is available in Braemar and Crathie from mobile communication vehicles. The Braemar vehicle is within the square, Marr Road and the vehicle in Crathie is in the main car park near the church.

Sandbag barriers have been installed at the west of Ballater at Salisbury Road and Aberdeenshire Council continues to have staff on site as part of the recovery from Storm Frank and to prepare for further forecast bad weather.

Aberdeen City Council has sandbags available from its West Tullos Depot for residents who require them.

Chief Inspector Richard Craig said: “We continue to work with a number of agencies to prepare for further bad weather in addition to supporting the recovery from Storm Frank.

“It is vital that motorists adhere to road closure signs as these are there to protect the public. A number of roads have suffered structural damage and ignoring the closures is reckless and irresponsible and puts you at risk as well as the emergency services.

“We are also advising the public to stay away from flooded areas and river banks as water levels are expected to rise again as the rain continues over the next few days. River banks are also likely to be unstable due to the high levels of water and continued rain.

“Officers remain in Braemar and Crathie and the public are advised to speak to them or attend at the police station in Braemar if they need the emergency services.”

We can advise of the following road closures and issues:

The A944 Alford to Dunecht road is affected by flooding about a mile from Sauchen towards Alford and is passable with care.

The North Deeside Road is also affected by standing water, particularly between Dinnet and Banchory and drivers are urged to drive with care.

The following roads are CLOSED:

B976 South Deeside Road at Inchmarnoch between Ballater and Dinnet

B977 Fintray to Kintore

A937 at Marykirk

A93 Ballater to Braemar due to the closure of the Invercauld Bridge. There is NO ACCESS from Tomintoul into Braemar.

A93 one mile east of Crathie due to the road being washed away. Alternative route between Ballater and Crathie via B976 South Deeside Road

Mill of Steirn to Ballater long term closure due to damage.

B9077 South Deeside Road between Leggart Terrace and the junction with the B979.

B976 between Strachan and Feughside Inn.

B974 Banchory to Fettercairn

Further information about flood alerts and warnings is available from SEPA; http://floodline.sepa.org.uk/floodupdates/