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Flood alert update issued by Aberdeenshire Council as torrential rain continues to hit

By Kyle Ritchie

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Aberdeenshire Council has provided an update as torrential rain continues to batter the region - particularly in the Banff and Buchan, and Buchan areas.

A local authority spokesman said: “Within the yellow warning area in Banff and Buchan and Buchan, we have numerous reports of flooding causing roads to be closed at short notice.

“Most road drainage systems are now at capacity and will only clear when outfalls and sewers return to normal levels.

A flood warning is in place for Aberdeenshire, Aberdeen City and parts of Moray.
A flood warning is in place for Aberdeenshire, Aberdeen City and parts of Moray.

“SEPA has issued an updated flood alert for Aberdeenshire with the potential for localised flooding impacts from rivers and surface water, particularly to low-lying land roads and properties.

“Difficult driving conditions and localised disruption to travel are expected – so please only head out onto the network if you’re journey is absolutely essential.

“With the north of Aberdeenshire in particular experiencing the forecast heavy rainfall throughout the remainder of today, we do have supplies of sandbags available at our roads depots should residents require them - https://bit.ly/AbshireSandbags

“But please note – local sandbag stocks may run out and cannot necessarily be replaced.

“While we have an obligation to maintain roads and undertake certain emergency responses in the event of flooding, this does not extend to private property – residents and businesses must take steps to protect their own property from flooding.

“If you live in a known flooding area, please ensure you sign-up now for alerts from SEPA, call the Floodline on 0345 9881188 or visit the http://floodline.sepa.org.uk/floodupdates/ website.”

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