Scotland’s weather: ‘Danger to life’ warnings issued

People search homes in Port Elphinstone. Picture: Hemedia
People search homes in Port Elphinstone. Picture: Hemedia
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  • 20 people spent night in Aberdeen Airport terminal building
  • River Don bursts banks, Ythan threatens to overflow
  • Over 50 homes in North East evacuated
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TWO severe warnings for ‘danger to life’ have been issued by the Scottish Environmental Protection Agency (Sepa) for the towns of Kintore and Inverurie

Scores of homes have been evacuated in Aberdeenshire after the River Don burst its banks and the River Ythan threatened to overflow, while people in an area of Aberdeen were advised to leave their properties.

Teams from the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service and the coastguard mounted an operation to rescue residents, some reported to be elderly, from 38 properties in Port Elphinstone, near Inverurie, as the swollen Don sent floodwaters racing down the streets.

A further 18 homes were evacuated from the Bruce Crescent and Meadows areas of Ellon as the Ythan rose through the night.

A Police Scotland spokeswoman said: “The Don has burst its banks in a number of places in Port Elphinstone and there has been localised flooding across the area.

“Fire search and rescue lead on the evacuation with the coastguard assisting and police are on the scene.”

Members of the emergency services wade along Canal Road in Port Elphinstone, after the Don burst its banks. Picture: PA

Members of the emergency services wade along Canal Road in Port Elphinstone, after the Don burst its banks. Picture: PA

Motorists were advised to avoid making journeys in the area unless essential.

Heavy rain in the past weeks has seen flooding across Scotland, forcing people from their homes and causing major travel disruption.

Roads have been closed and trains and flights cancelled in Aberdeen and across the surrounding region as water levels reached record highs.

A police spokeswoman said: “The Grandholm and Millside areas have seen some flooding and roads are affected by surface water in Aberdeen city centre. There have been some advised evacuations.”

The Grandholm and Millside areas have seen some flooding and roads are affected by surface water in Aberdeen city centre. There have been some advised evacuations

Police spokeswoman

As well as Inverurie the town of Kintore on the River Don has been badly hit by flooding, prompting a call for volunteers from the local council.

Police reported people stuck in their cars on flooded roads and the rail line between Aberdeen and Dundee has been suspended until at least lunchtime.

Aberdeen Airport was forced to close its runway to incoming flights last night after it sustained damage due to heavy rainfall.

The airport shortened the length of the runway which was open only for departures as wet weather continued to blight parts of Scotland.

Flooded houses at Port Elphinstone. Picture: PA

Flooded houses at Port Elphinstone. Picture: PA

Flooding was threatened from the highest river levels in recent history in parts of the North-east as a snow warning was issued for the east coast.

Sepa said the River Don reached its highest level for 45 years at its peak at 7am.

Severe flood warnings remain in force there, along with 19 flood warnings in Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire, Angus, Moray and Perthshire.

Records were also broken on the River Ythan in Ellon.

Sepa said extensive flooding was also continuing throughout Aberdeenshire, Angus and Perthshire, along the River Isla, and the North and South Esk.

Duty hydrology manager Nigel Goody said: “River levels are expected to remain high throughout the day.

“It’s imperative the public in affected areas stay vigilant and flood prepared.”

Aberdeen Airport’s runway fully re-opened today after a temporary repair to Tarmac which had started “bubbling” amid unprecedented rainfall last night.

Officials said the 35cm-long damage in the centre of the runway had not made a hole but they did not want to risk it being made worse.

It could not be immediately fixed because of the heavy rain.

A total of 37 flights were diverted or cancelled after that section of the runway was shut, with only smaller aircraft able to take off and land.

A permanent repair was carried out overnight with no further disruption to flights and it has since confirmed that the airport is fully operational.

Railway lines between Aberdeen and Dundee and Inverness re-opened today, with precautionary speed restrictions through flood-hit stretches, including between Dyce and Insch in Aberdeenshire.