Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 23 July 2014

100 homes evacuated as floods hit

A man views his flooded car on the high street in Stonehaven, near Aberdeen

Up to 100 properties were evacuated and transport links disrupted by heavy rain, high wind and flooding across Scotland.

Arbroath, Brechin, Stonehaven, and the Northern Isles were particularly hard hit by flooding and high winds.

An amber weather warning has been issued in the north this evening advising people to take extra care, although conditions are expected to improve on Monday.

Environment Minister Paul Wheelhouse said: "Across the country, in locations affected by flooding such as Arbroath, Brechin, Stonehaven, and in the Northern Isles which have been affected by severe winds, determined work has been happening at local level to support members of the public at what has been a testing time.

"In Stonehaven, for example, we know that up to 100 properties were vacated as a result of the flooding, with a rest centre set up at Mackie Academy to keep the victims safe and warm.

"Public safety is our top priority and the team at the rest centre deserve huge credit for working around the clock to support the community so effectively.

"Tomorrow I will visit Stonehaven to see the extent of the flooding, meet residents who have been affected by the flooding and thank local people for their efforts.

"The Scottish Government is working closely with Transport Scotland, local authorities, the emergency services, power companies and bodies such as Scottish Water to manage the impact on Scotland's transport network and infrastructure.

"People planning journeys home for Christmas can check on how their journeys may be affected through a range of resources, including the Traffic Scotland website and Sepa's Floodline.

"For those who are driving, please be alert to the risk of standing water around the next corner or on minor roads and exercise due caution."