The A90 was flooded today between Aberdeen and Dundee following torrential rain.
Earlier today, drivers near Laurencekirk were seen crawling through the water.
The southbound lane of the A90 was closed due to impassable flooding from around 9am to 2.40pm near Stracathro.
It comes after almost a month’s rainfall is predicted to fall in the area over the next few days.
A90 closed for around five hours
Currently, there are no reported injuries or crashes on the road.
However, at 9.10am this morning Traffic Scotland reported a vehicle became stuck in standing water.
Further disruption was also reported at nearby Stracathro with the road completely blocked southbound.
At 11.50am reports on social media report tailbacks for miles in that direction.
— Brandon Cook (@brandoncookSTV) November 18, 2022
What happened while the road was shut?
Due to the A90 closure, motorists decided to take other routes while the police set up diversion routes.
However, Traffic Scotland warned them, “surrounding routes were very busy”.
During the closure, it is understood the A92 Montrose to Stonehaven coastal road was passable despite some flooding.
Meanwhile, the train line between Dundee and Aberdeen has also been closed due to flooding at multiple sites. Buses have also been impacted.
This morning, motorist Elayne Smith went off at Edzell and returned to A90 at Brechin.
She said: “I was the passenger but it was horrendous and very scary.
“The whole countryside is flooded with burst river banks, saturated fields and most certainly flooding of rural properties. In places it looked like bridges might be swept away.”
Road management company: ‘Safety is parmount’
In August, Road management company Amey took over managing the north-easts roads from Bear Scotland in an estimated contract worth £540 million.
According to Amey, the southbound lane was open at 12.30pm, well before Traffic Scotland made the announcement.
A spokesman said: “We were then notified of a significant flood event at Stracathro this morning which required the closure of the southbound carriageway.
“The safety of road users and our workforce is paramount and whilst we are not aware of any injuries through this amber weather warning.
“We continue to monitor the network while working closely with Police Scotland to attend any emerging issues.”