Flood recovery plan launched by council

Flood water swirls around this house in Port Elphinstone.
Flood water swirls around this house in Port Elphinstone.

Aberdeenshire Council has launched an action plan by committing resources across all services to help communities recover from flooding.

After severe floods and persistent rainfall swept parts of the region at the end of last year and in the first weeks of 2016, widespread and large-scale damage was caused across many areas, most notably in Garioch, Formartine and Marr.

It is estimated that up to 600 homes were flooded and around 100 businesses affected.

The council has already been supporting people in towns and villages get back on their feet through funding, housing support including temporary accommodation, waste services as well as the assessment and repair of roads, bridges and properties.

The authority’s co-leaders, provost, chief executive and area managers have visited flood-hit areas including Inverurie, Port Elphinstone, Ellon, Ballater and Braemar to meet residents, businesses and volunteers.