Police Scotland are engaged in a ‘co-ordinated response’ to havoc being caused in the north-east by Storm Frank.
Banks have burst, causing flooding, and roads have been closed across Aberdeenshire.
Worst affected is Ballater, which is unaccessible due to flooding.
The A93 between Cambus O’May, Ballater and Breamar is closed as well as between Banchory and Aboyne. Police are urging motorists not to drive in the Deeside area unless necessary.
The Dee Bridge at Ballater, linking the A93 North Deeside Road and B976 South Deeside Road is closed, as is the Pass of Ballater.
The A937 at Marykirk is also closed.
And a rest centre has been opened at Aboyne Academy, Bridgeview Road, for people affected by flooding in that area.
Cheif Inspector Richard Craig, said: “We are urging people not to travel unless necessary and observe road closure signs.
“Local officers are on the scene in a number of affected areas in Aberdeenshire, working alongside other agencies in response to the flooding and would advice people to monitor updates on flood warnings and alerts.”