Recovery phase follows flooding

A car batteling against the flood in Longside
A car batteling against the flood in Longside

Aberdeenshire Council and partners are working on a major phase of recovery following the extreme flooding in the area.

Ongoing work has taken place to repair roads, provide housing advice, locate skips in numerous locations, coordinate responses for donations, as well as devise a mechanism to distribute Scottish Government flood relief funding of £2million.

A contact email address for people to use to send details to the council to access funding of £1,500 is at: floodrelief@aberdeenshire.gov.uk

The council is asking people to email details including their full name and/or business name, postal address and daytime contact number and residents/businesses will then be contacted once the fund is up and running.  

Council co-leader, Councillor Richard Thomson, said: “I want to thank everyone for their work in supporting our communities through what has been a devastating experience for many people who have had damage to homes, possessions and businesses as well as the impact it has had on travel.

“Council officers have worked tirelessly alongside community groups to provide support and generous donations to help people recover have also been made, it shows the strong, resilient communities we have in Aberdeenshire.

“It will take time to recover in the coming weeks and days as roads, bridges and properties are repaired and people supported.”

The severe weather events since December 20, including severe flooding, have led to a number of road and bridge closures, although most short term, some will need repairs.

In addition, as the most recent flood waters recede, to be replaced with much colder weather, the freeze/thaw cycle on saturated ground is likely to lead to further damage to the network. 

Road users are asked to be vigilant and report defects at https://online.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/apps/roadfaults or by calling 03456 081205, or by text to 07624 802 722.