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Flooding in the North East

Published: 7 Jan 2016 19:03

Ministerial resilience meeting discusses response.

The First Minister, Deputy First Minister and other Ministers have been updated on the latest situation in the North East as two severe flood warnings have been issued.

The Scottish Government's resilience committee met this afternoon to discuss the emerging situation and local work to manage flooding and keep residents safe, with a particular focus on Kintore and Inverurie.

Heavy rain has fallen into already swollen rivers and saturated land, leading to significant disruption to transport, with a number of properties at risk of flooding.

Deputy First Minister John Swinney said:

"The situation in Kintore, and Inverurie and along the River Don in particular is extremely serious, with severe flood warnings now in place. The impact of this latest round of flooding is causing transport difficulties and putting properties at risk of flooding.

"The Scottish Government's resilience committee is monitoring the situation very closely and we have discussed the unfolding events and work to mitigate the impacts and ensure the safety of people in local communities.

"People in affected areas should keep a close eye on the latest information from SEPA and Traffic Scotland and take heed of the warnings that are issued.

"We will continue to work with responders and ensure they have the support they need to manage the developing situation this evening."

Notes to editors

Background

SEPA's flood updates can be found by visiting http://floodline.sepa.org.uk/floodupdates

For real time journey information on the trunk roads visit www.trafficscotland.org, follow @trafficscotland on Twitter or call 0800 028 14 14.

The First Minister and Environment Minister visited Newton Stewart on the 31 December while the Deputy First Minister visited Ballater in Aberdeenshire following flooding caused by Storm Frank.

Rural Affairs Secretary Richard Lochhead visited Inverurie, Brechin and Perth on 5 January.

The flood protection scheme funding has been made via the Local Authority Capital Settlement.

More information on the Bellwin Scheme: http://news.scotland.gov.uk/News/DFM-triggers-the-Bellwin-Scheme-20f6.aspx