As rain continues to fall across the Grampian region, Police Scotland is co-ordinating the preparation and response to flooding issues.
A flood alert is in place across Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire and a flood warning is specifically in place for Ballater, the River Don in Kintore and the River Dee in Aberdeen.
This morning there are road closures and warnings in place for motorists across the north-east.
The B993 is closed in both directions between the A947 junction in Whiterashes and the St James’s Place junction in Inverurie, because of flooding.
The B977 in Hatton of Fintray is closed in both directions between the Fintray junction and the Kintore junction, because of flooding.
The B979 in Blackburn is closed in both directions between the A96 junction and the B977 junction, because of flooding.
The B9077 South Deeside Road is closed in both directions between the Leggart Terrace junction in Aberdeen and the B979 junction in Kirkton of Maryculter, because of flooding and subsidence.
The B976 is closed in both directions between the B974 junction in Strachan and the Feughside Inn junction in Boghead, because of flooding.
The B974 Cairn O’Mount is closed in both directions between the B976 junction in Strachan and the School Road junction in Fettercairn, because of flooding.
The A93 in Invercauld is closed in both directions at the Invercauld Bridge junction, because of structural damage to a bridge.
A diversion is in operation and traffic can only access Braemar by using the A93 Southbound to Perth.
A93 closed in both directions between the B976 junction in Crathie and the B972 junction in Ballater, because of flooding and subsidence.
The A937 in Marykirk is closed at the B974 junction, because of flooding.
Police are also warning that the A97 at Lumsden is affected by flooding and advise motorists to slow down in the area.
There are reports of a landslip and fallen tree blocking the A939 between Ballater & Gairnshiel Lodge.
The A93 is also closed north of Blairgowrie from Blacklunans between the B950 junction and the B951 junction, because of flooding. Diversion in operation – B951.
A944 Corgarff to Bellabeg is affected by flooding and is almost impassable, police advise not to use the road and find alternative route.
In Aberdeen there is a potential risk of flooding to low lying areas including Riverside Drive although SEPA advise that levels are not expected to be as high as those experienced on the December 30, 2015.
In Ballater, the flood warning has been issued as a precaution although river levels are not expected to reach those experienced during Storm Frank. Some river banks have been damaged which may allow flooding at lower levels than in normal circumstances, SEPA have advised.
The River Don in Kintore is expected to flood during the early hours of Monday morning and it is likely it will affect the B977. Additionally, there is concern for flooding in Inverurie and further information will be available on SEPA’s Floodline website.
BT remain in Braemar and Crathie to repair telephone cabling that has been damaged and to restore local access to 999 services. It is hoped that 999 services will be restored this afternoon and further updates will issued when available. Temporary cover is available in Braemar and Crathie from mobile communication vehicles. The Braemar vehicle is within the square, Marr Road and the vehicle in Crathie is in the main car park near the church.
Sandbag barriers have been installed at the west of Ballater at Salisbury Road and Aberdeenshire Council continues to have staff on site as part of the recovery from Storm Frank and to prepare for further forecast bad weather.
Aberdeen City Council has sandbags available from its West Tullos Depot for residents who require them.
Chief Inspector Richard Craig said: “We continue to work with a number of agencies to prepare for further bad weather in addition to supporting the recovery from Storm Frank.
“It is vital that motorists adhere to road closure signs as these are there to protect the public. A number of roads have suffered structural damage and ignoring the closures is reckless and irresponsible and puts you at risk as well as the emergency services.
“We are also advising the public to stay away from flooded areas and river banks as water levels are expected to rise again as the rain continues over the next few days. River banks are also likely to be unstable due to the high levels of water and continued rain.
“Officers remain in Braemar and Crathie and the public are advised to speak to them or attend at the police station in Braemar if they need the emergency services.”