Written by Staff Writer
05 Jan, 2016 | 7:08 am
High winds and heavy rain are battering Scotland, with dozens of flood warnings in place across the country.
The Met Office has amber “be prepared” warnings for Moray, Aberdeenshire, Angus, Perthshire and Stirlingshire.
On Monday evening, residents in Canal Road in Inverurie were evacuated from their homes.
Police Scotland said there was potential for other streets in the town to be cleared as water levels continued to rise.
A rest centre for those forced to leave their homes was opened at Inverurie Academy.
Water levels in Kintore were also being monitored with a rest centre opened at the village hall as a precaution.
Earlier in the day, homes were flooded in Coupar Angus and some properties in Aboyne – including a care home – were evacuated as a precaution.
Police in Aberdeen warned the River Dee at Riverside Drive and Garthdee was close to bursting its banks.
In Perth, the gates were closed at Perth Harbour and on the Queen’s Bridge as water levels on the River Tay rise.
More than a dozen roads in Perth and across Tayside were closed by the latest flooding with others “passable with care”.
Firefighters also rescued a woman who was trapped in her car by rising flood water in Inverurie. She was described as safe and well after being helped to dry land following the incident at Keithhall Road.
Several householders in nearby Port Elphinstone were forced to leave their homes after water started coming up through their floorboards.
Police Scotland said Aberdeenshire Council has moved residents from Bonty Court in Aboyne as a precaution, with 37 residents taken to Aboyne Academy which has been opened as a rest centre. Allachburn Care Home has also been evacuated.
Also in Aberdeenshire, the historic Abergeldie Castle is on the brink of collapsing into a swollen River Dee.
A further yellow warning for rain has been issued for Tuesday affecting Moray, Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire, Tayside and Fife. The rain will fall as snow at times above about 350 metres.
On Monday, Sepa issued more than 30 flood warnings, mostly for the Tayside, Angus, and Dundee areas, as well as Aberdeen and Ballater in Aberdeenshire.
The latest high winds and downpours came as Scotland continued to clean up after Storm Frank hit last week.
Network Rail said trains on the west coast mainline would be disrupted for a number of weeks as work to repair the damaged Lamington Viaduct continues until the end of January.
The Scottish government’s resilience committee met again on Monday to assess the situation.
The finance secretary had faced criticism for reducing Sepa’s funding by 6%, from £39m to £36.6 million, in his recent draft budget for 2016-17.
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