Flood rescuers in Scottish town of Inverurie
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River levels at 45-year high in Aberdeen, as heavy rain hits

Water levels on the River Don in north east Scotland reached their highest levels in 45 years during a night of severe floods caused by heavy rain.

Almost 70 properties were evacuated, including the 86 residents of three care homes in Aberdeen.

The River Ythan also burst its banks, with flow levels breaking previous records at Ellon.

Environment agency Sepa has now lifted some flood warnings but warned vigilance for the next 48 hours.

Lorna Gordon reports from Inverurie

  • 08 Jan 2016
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