Heavy rainfall disrupts North-east traffic

Rainfall has hit Aberdeenshire over the weekend (Picture: Robert Perry).
Rainfall has hit Aberdeenshire over the weekend (Picture: Robert Perry).

Poor weather including heavy rainfall brought disruptions to traffic flow across Aberdeenshire on Monday, Police Scotland issuing a call to remind drivers to travel with care.

Heavy rain had battered Aberdeenshire throughout the weekend, the result of former hurricane Bertha crossing into the country.

On Sunday, the Met Office warned of up to 40mm of rain in parts of the United Kingdom and winds in excess of 50mph.

By Monday, the Met Office had issued an amber warning with rain spreading into Northern and Eastern Scotland, expected to be heavy and prolonged, warning the public to be prepared for transport disruption and localised flooding.

A Police Scotland spokesperson told us on Sunday: “Police Scotland is warning of possible disruption to travel tomorrow due to expected severe weather.

“Up to 10cm of rain is expected to fall overnight and the peak is likely to be between 5am and 6am tomorrow (Monday, August 11) and SEPA currently have a flood alert in place for Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire, Findhorn, Moray and Speyside.

“There is a possibility of flooding in low-lying land, roads and to rivers which could cause delays to early morning traffic. Police are asking that the public allow extra time for travel and if driving, to be aware of possible flooding.”

Several homes in Aberdeenshire over the weekend had also lost power.

Bertha had made landfall on Martinique before landing on Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic.