Council praises work of community

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

Aberdeenshire Council have today thanked everyone who worked tirelessly throughout the last few days to support people who needed help during the extreme weather.

As well as employees from the council, NHS, Ambulance Service, Fire & Rescue Service, Police Scotland, SEPA, The Met Office and volunteers from all communities worked together to help those affected.

The flood warnings that affected, Aboyne, Ballater, Huntly, Turriff and Stonehaven have now been lifted and the focus has shifted to clearing up.

Aberdeenshire Council supplied mattresses and support to over 20 people who had to spend the night at the Victoria and Albert Hall in Ballater after the caravan park they were staying at was affected by flooding.

The condition of the caravan park is being assessed by the owners. It is understood that all those who were put up in the hall last night have either moved on or arranged new accommodation. The community provided food and drink and an entertainer was brought in to keep the children amused.

In Huntly, local care homes were evacuated to the town’s Jubilee Hospital on Monday as a precaution, and a rest centre set up at the Linden Centre. However the residents were able to return to their home yesterday evening.

The A980 Lumphanan to Alford road is closed at Perkhill due to a landslip. Work is progressing but the road is likely to be closed for the rest of the week and possibly in to next week.

No significant issues were reported in Stonehaven or Aboyne.

Garioch Area Manager Douglas Milne said: “We would like to thank all those who helped out during the last few days. It was a fantastic effort by everyone involved, especially the emergency services, and thankfully the worst now seems to be over.

“Special thanks must go to the community in Ballater who rallied round to help people who had come here for their holiday and found themselves having to move out of the caravan park at short notice.

“Many were from overseas including Australia, the Netherlands and Belgium and while they may not be impressed with the Scottish weather, the hospitality and support shown by the Ballater community will ensure they take away a great impression of local people.”