New flood warnings issued for parts of Scotland after Storm Frank

Heavy rain in the north east of Scotland could cause further flooding, officials have said.

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New flood warnings have been issued as more rainfall is expected in parts of Scotland following Storm Frank.

The Scottish Environment Protection Agency (Sepa) warned parts of the Tayside region were at risk of flooding over the weekend.

The Met Office also issued “be prepared” warnings for flooding in the Central, Tayside, Fife and Grampian regions.

The rain is not expected to be as intense as recently but there may be some disruption to transport in the affected areas, the Met Office said.

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There are fears areas which have already been heavily saturated by Storm Frank during the week could be hit with more rainfall.

Police said the A93 road between Ballater and Braemar remains closed until repairs can be carried out. The Invercauld Bridge is also closed to traffic and is expected to remain shut for several weeks.

Vincent Fitzsimons, hydrology duty manager at Sepa said: “Storm Frank saw exceptional flooding across large parts of Scotland. Some communities are still affected but rivers levels are falling across most of Scotland.

“At the peak of Storm Frank there were over 100 flood warnings in place. As of lunchtime on 1 January, there are now only 5 warnings in place.

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“Unfortunately, more rain is forecast from late on Friday through until Monday, January 4. This rain is forecast to primarily affect eastern Scotland, with Aberdeenshire, Angus and Tayside predicted to see the largest amounts.

“The rain will be less intense than Storm Frank, and some will be locked up as snow in the mountains. However, it will be persistent over the next few days.”

He continued: “We are keeping a particularly close eye on communities in those areas of the north east that have already been affected by flooding or where defences may have been damaged.

“Examples include Brechin, Logie Mill, Deeside and Aberdeen, and areas around Kintore and Inverurie. There is also a risk of significant travel disruption and disruption to utilities in these areas.”

More than 6000 homes were left without power and hundreds were affected by flooding on Tuesday night and Wednesday morning.

During the flooding, a Stagecoach bus became trapped in flood waters in Dailly. Police Scotland said ten adults and two children aged seven and five, were rescued.

Travel on motorways and rural routes alike was also severely disrupted by surface water, and the A83 at the Rest And Be Thankful was closed after a landslip.

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On Saturday Police Scotland said they were preparing for further rain and potential flooding in the Ballater, Crathie and Braemar areas.

Environment minister Aileen McLeod said: “Although the current weather situation does not appear to be as serious as Storm Frank, it is nevertheless a worrying time for people who live in areas at risk from flooding. We remain vigilant to the ongoing risks.

“Scottish Government ministers and officials are in constant contact with emergency services and other relevant agencies.

“We will ensure that everything possible is done to support the affected communities and that people and businesses are as prepared as they can be.

“I would like to thank everyone who has been involved in these efforts over the last few weeks, including local authorities, emergency services and other responders.

“This has been an extremely difficult time for the people who have been affected, and our thoughts continue to be with these communities.”


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