LiveFlooding and snow latest

Summary

  1. Homes evacuated as fresh flooding hits
  2. Two severe flood warnings in place for Aberdeenshire
  3. Drivers put on snow and ice alert
  4. Train services between Dundee and Aberdeen disrupted
  5. Further rain and snow forecast for north east

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Down in the mouth over snow in the south...road closures across the Borders

A number of routes have been blocked by accidents and vehicles stuck in snow in southern Scotland.

At one stage 50 cars were reportedly stuck on the A7 between Langholm and Longtown.

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The A701 was also blocked near the Forest of Ae by a tanker and HGV but was also later cleared.

Problems on the A68 near Jedburgh were cleared but conditions remained hazardous. One woman was cut free from her vehicle on the A698 near Denholm.

She was treated by ambulance personnel.

The yellow warning of snow was in place until 17:00 and covered much of Dumfries and Galloway and the Scottish Borders.

Praise for small businesses 'going the extra mile' to help flood victims

Local business owners have been praised "for going the extra mile for their communities" during the flooding.

The Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) pointed to David and Elizabeth Barrack, owners of the Strathburn Hotel in Inverurie, who provided 40 rooms free of charge to people affected by the crisis.

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The FSB's Scottish policy convenor Andy Willox said: "David and Elizabeth Barrack deserve widespread recognition for going the extra mile for Inverurie. They’re a credit to smaller businesses everywhere. We know that small firms stand behind their communities in a crisis, but the team at the Strathburn Hotel are an inspiration."

On the flooding, Mr Willox added: “It will take a huge amount of effort to get these communities back on their feet. As recovery plans are developed, it will be exceptionally important that the needs of local businesses are considered. We cannot see good firms go to the wall because of short-term cash flow difficulties caused by this flooding.” 

Snow falling on the entire M74 route as congestion builds

Congestion is starting to build on the M74  at J1 northbound, with Traffic Scotland warning that snow is now falling on the entire route.

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Scotland's weather - what's on the radar?

The rain and snow  radar shows scattered showers but also plenty of snow in southern Scotland. 

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Water damage on West Coast Main Line 'is more severe than first thought'

Engineers working to repair the West Coast Main Line have said damage by Storm Frank to a crucial viaduct is more severe than they first thought.

The line had to be closed after water pressure undermined a pier of the Lamington Viaduct in South Lanarkshire.

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An initial assessment led engineers to predict that the line could be back to normal operation by 1 February.

They have now said that a new timetable for repairs will not be issued until next week.

In pictures: Flooding around the country

It's not quite Ellon earth...but it's looking pretty grim, as the people of Ellon, Abrerdeenshire,try to get back on their feet.

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Primary school damaged by storms to remain closed until Easter

A Scottish Borders primary school damaged by storms in mid-December is to remain closed until Easter.

Part of a wall at Howdenburn Primary School in Jedburgh collapsed during high winds in the area.

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It had been hoped that repair work on the building could get under way in the new year.

Scottish Borders Council said finding a design solution was "proving to be complex" and more time was needed to "produce the most effective solution".

Nursery school children and pupils in P1-4 are currently taking lessons at nearby Parkside Primary.

Jedburgh Academy is accommodating the older children.

Drivers urged to be extra cautious as snow causes havoc on the roads

Police in the Borders are urging drivers to be extra cautious as snow sweeps across the region's  roads.

Ch Insp Andy McLean, area commander for the Scottish Borders, added: "Motorists should drive to the conditions and maintain safe stopping distances, bearing in mind that in snow or ice these are significantly greater than in the dry."

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Borders traffic 'at a standstill' as heavy snow hits the A7 around Hawick

Snow is causing problems on roads in the Hawick area, with the A7 described as being at a "standstill" by local MSP John Lamont.

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MSP John Lamont was stuck in the A7 traffic

Scottish Borders Council advised people in the area only to use their cars if absolutely necessary.

Drivers were also advised to slow down on the A74(M) south of Moffat after two lorries were involved in an accident there.

Disruption was also possible on the A76 south of Kirkconnel due to a crash.

Care-home residents affected by flooding are now returning to their homes in Aberdeenshire

Aberdeen City Council said vulnerable adults in the Donside area have been safely transported to their homes.

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A Port Elphinstone resident talks to members of the emergency services

Sally Wilkins, manager of adult services, thanked all those who assisted in the evacuations.

She said: "We are very grateful for the co-operation and assistance of a wide range of people, not least our own staff but also health, and in particular Woodend staff, Bon Accord Care, care home providers across the city.

"Also, a special mention must be made to the transport providers who responded in a highly professional manner and helped us to make this as safe and efficient as possible."

Environment agency says river levels in Aberdeenshire not expected to rise further

Aberdeen City Council said efforts were under way to return 86 residents moved from the Grandholm, Persley and Woodside Care Homes on Thursday evening after assurances that the River Don had peaked.

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The local authority said a decision had also been taken to close the respite centre at Bridge of Don Academy.

Several roads across the city have been closed due to flood damage and residents are also advised not to make any unnecessary journeys.

Operation to retrieve single-decker bus overcome by flood waters in Methlick, near Ellon

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First the floods and now this...snow alert in southern Scotland

Motorists in southern Scotland have been urged to take extra care with a Met Office warning of snow in place.

Temperatures are also anticipated to remain close to freezing.

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One woman was cut free from her vehicle on Friday morning after it ended up on its side on the A698 near Denholm. She was treated by ambulance personnel.

The yellow warning of snow remains in place until 17:00 and covers much of Dumfries and Galloway and the Scottish Borders.

Some of the snow is expected to be heavy and could bring accumulations of 5cm to 10cm on ground over 200m, which would affect a "significant number of routes", particularly in the Borders.

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Nursing home hit by flooding will be shut for six months

Residents evacuated from a flooded Borders nursing home have been told it will be six months before they return.

Some 25 pensioners had to be rescued from Peebles Nursing Home as the River Tweed overflowed into the streets.

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They had to be re-housed about 18 miles away at the Waverley Care Home in Galashiels.

It has been confirmed that is where they will stay for six months while structural and interior overhauls take place on the building in Tweed Green.

The entire ground floor was damaged when water poured into the care home on the afternoon of 30 December.

Mountain Rescue volunteers along with fire and rescue teams took part in the rescue operation to get the residents to safety.

Drone images capture scale of flooding to hit town of Inverurie in Aberdeenshire

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Conservatives call for emergency statement on government response to flooding in north east

Scottish government ministers have been accused of being "glued to their seats" by the Liberal Democrats as communities in the north-east experienced unprecedented levels of flooding.

The Scottish Conservatives are calling for an emergency statement to the Scottish Parliament on how ministers will spend funding to help flood hit areas.

The First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has said details have not yet been announced because the situation was ongoing.

She has since tweeted that she will visit communities in the north east tomorrow to announce what support will be available.

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Your Pictures: Dramatic images sent in by you of the areas worst hit by flooding

A selection of your pictures taken in some of the worst flood-hit areas in Scotland.

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Flooding in Dyce, as seen by Luke Price
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A bird's eye view over Forfar, looking towards Arbroath with Dundee to the far right
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Houses and a community fire station under water in Kintore, above, and a wintry combination of snow and flooding, below. Both pictures taken by John Stewart
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Number of flood warnings across central and north east Scotland reduced from 39 to 15

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The latest update from the Scottish Environment Protection Agency maintains severe warnings - meaning there is a danger to life -  at Kintore and Inverurie in Aberdeenshire.

Click here for a full breakdown of the areas affected.

In Pictures: Gardens swamped in Bridge of Don

Stacey Morrison, from Bridge of Don, woke to find her garden - and a fair part of her house - swamped by floodwater.

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Stacey Morrison

In Pictures: Homes inundated by flood water in Inverurie and Port Elphinstone in Aberdeenshire

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Homes were evacuated after the River Don burst its banks just after midnight
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The emergency services were out checking no-one was trapped in their homes following last night's flooding
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It is the second time in less than a week that properties in the area have been flooded
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Canal View north of Port Elphinstone is among the areas worst affected by the flooding
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The runway at Aberdeen Airport was damaged by the torrential rain and closed briefly to larger aircraft

Power firm says it has managed to re-establish power supplies to customers in Port Elphinstone

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Scottish Hydro Electric Power Distribution said they were working with Police Scotland and the Scottish Environment Protection Agency to re-establish supplies in "extremely challenging circumstances"

The company said power lines to 627 customers in Port Elphonstone had been "re-energised".

In Torryburn, Kintore 97 customers are still without power while a further 152 in Ellon are also affected.

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Runway at Aberdeen Airport fully reopens after suffering earlier flood damage

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Aberdeen Airport said a temporary repair to a section of runway damaged by "excessive rain" had been effective.

Management said "full runway capacity now available, meaning that full operations can now ensue".

A permanent repair to fix the damage section of tarmac is due to be under taken tonight.

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Father describes having to flee home as flood waters inundated properties in Aberdeenshire

Stuart Morratt was forced to leave his house in Inverurie last night after the River Don burst its banks.

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He said: "Unfortunately, one by one we just saw our neighbours being flooded out.

"The floodwater was significantly higher than at any other time that we'd seen it. 

"So just before 10 o'clock, my wife, my son and my little chihuahua, we left the property, and we just let mother nature take its course."

Engineers assessing flood damage to rail track between Aberdeen and Dundee

ScotRail said engineers were assessing damage and water levels after torrential rain caused widespread flooding across Aberdeenshire.

Train services north to Aberdeen have been terminating at Dundee, while severe disruption to the roads network has meant there was very limited alternative modes of transport available to commuters.

ScotRail said it hoped to resume services this afternoon.

Otherwise, the line between Aberdeen and Inverness remains open although services are liable to severe disruption.

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In pictures: Daylight breaks to reveal the impact of overnight flooding on Ellon in Aberdeenshire

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This house in Ellon was completely surrounded by water
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Homes and businesses close to the River Ythan suffered after it burst its banks after midnight
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Homes across Ellon were evacuated after the River Ythan burst its banks just after midnight
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Roads and streets in Ellon have been inundated by flood waters after the River Ythan burst its banks
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Emergency crews worked through the night to evacuate homes after the river burst its banks

Trouble on the roads is adding to rail disruption, say ScotRail

Rail travel is set to be hit by another day of serious disruption. The line between Aberdeen, Dundee and Inverurie is closed until further notice and very limited replacement transport is in operation.

ScotRail's Rob Shorthouse told BBC Radio Scotland's Good Morning Scotland programme: "We're trying to get buses into the area to get people moving but there are real problems with the roads as well.

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"We are doing everything we can but it's a very, very challenging morning.

"The advice is don't just turn up - get in touch with us before you set off this morning to find out what's going on."

Coastguard rescue teams used in evacuation of homes in Aberdeenshire in 'exceptionally challenging conditions'

Coastguard rescue teams - including those from Aberdeen, Cruden Bay and Montrose were out for much of the night, working with the emergency services to evacuate residents from threatened property.

In Ellon, teams helped to evacuate a street where several elderly and disabled residents were living.

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Sue Todd, HM Coastguard Divisional Commander, said: “Coastguard Rescue Teams have been supporting the multi-agency effort over the past 24 hours across Aberdeenshire in what has been exceptionally challenging conditions. 

"While the situation appears to be stabilising, a number of residents in the worst affected areas still require assistance and we will continue to respond to calls for assistance as they arise."

Local residents are advised not to travel if it can be avoided, as many roads are closed.