Nigel Goody, SEPA’s Hydrology Duty Manager, said:
“Persistent rainfall yesterday has affected much of North East Scotland from Fife to Moray –in particular areas of Tayside, Angus and Aberdeenshire. This has resulted in widespread rainfall totals of around 50mm and up to 70mm on higher ground. As these totals have fallen on areas which are heavily saturated and where rivers were already high from rainfall over the Christmas and New Year period, we are now experiencing extensive flooding to properties, utilities, transport infrastructure and farmland across the region.
"There are currently 8 regional Flood Alerts, 37 community Flood Warnings and 2 Severe Flood Warnings in force. The Severe warnings were issued for Inverurie and Kintore along the River Don and do indicate that extensive and potentially dangerous flooding is expected to continue in these areas. In keeping with the Severe warnings, the River Don has recorded its highest flow in over 45 years, and peaked at 7am this morning. The peak was over 1.3m higher than the previous recorded peak level at SEPA's Parkhill gauging station where the data extends back to 1988. Flows also exceeded previous records for the River Ythan in Ellon, where significant impacts have been observed.
"From working closely with partners in the emergency services and local authorities, we are aware that numerous communities have already been affected by flood waters, specifically Inverurie, Port Elphistone and Kintore on the River Don, and Ellon on the River Ythan. Extensive flooding is also ongoing throughout Aberdeenshire, Angus and Tayside, along the River Isla, the North and South Esk.
"River levels are expected to remain high throughout the day and we will continue to monitor the situation closely, in liaison with partner agencies to ensure the most up to date forecasts are available. Its imperative that the general public in affected areas stay vigilant and flood prepared by checking our live flood updates or sign up to Floodline on 0345 988 1188 for the latest information on flood risk in your area.”